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as in: a subtle difference or thinker Define
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions) or: capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
  • The appointment made one ineligible as a candidate during the election, and it also required one spend many days prior to conclave poring over the pages of the Universi Dominici Gregis reviewing the subtleties of conclave’s arcane rituals to ensure the election was properly administered.

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  • She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
  • She guessed which spices were used by their subtle aromas.

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  • It manifested itself in subtle ways.
  • Each piece of course was a marker . subtly pointing to the next church . where the next marker awaited.

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  • In a sense, yes, but much more subtle.
  • Each piece needed to be a subtle tribute to one of the four elements of science.
  • Or maybe by putting the clue in English, Galileo was subtly restricting the readership away from the Vatican.
  • The piazza seemed subtly filled with Illuminati significance.
  • He would have guessed the first altar of science to be at some quiet, out of the way church, something subtle.
  • It dawned on him now how perfectly Illuminati the chapel was, far more subtle and selective than the world famous Pantheon.
  • Not too subtle, is it?
  • He said, ’There is a power so organized, so subtle, so complete, so pervasive, that none had better speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.’

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  • He had attended at the invitation of Rebecca Strauss-one-time fashion model now art critic from the Times, a whirlwind of black velvet, cigarettes, and not-so-subtly enhanced breasts.
  • The killer had not been subtle on the phone.
  • How many subtle embellishments pointing the way?

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as in: a subtle poison Define
working in an indirect or hidden way
as in: a subtle shade of blue Define
understated so as not to draw attention to itself
as in: a subtle difference or thinker Define
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions) or: capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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