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subtle
used in Summer Pleasures

15 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
Definition
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)
  • That he has a sense of humor that's often so subtle it takes you hours to catch up.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (82% in)
subtle = understated so it is hard to notice or understand (perhaps requiring an understanding of find distinctions)
There are no more uses of "subtle" flagged with this meaning in Summer Pleasures.

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exact meaning not specified
  • Is that another subtle shot at my work?
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (29% in)
  • As she watched him walk to the desk, she felt an aura of cool confidence from him and traces, very subtle traces, of arrogance.
    1.1 — Part 1 Chapter 1 (94% in)
  • There was always a subtle difference between those who were accustomed to money and those who'd spent years earning it.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (19% in)
  • It coolly skimmed her skin; it draped subtly over curves.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (3% in)
  • While I'll admit you have a very subtle, experienced way with this sort of thing..." he gestured with the bag "...eye shadow and lip gloss are excess baggage around a campfire."
    1.6 — Part 1 Chapter 6 (11% in)
  • Desire moved lazily through him as he took his gaze up the long length of leg flattered by brief shorts, then over the subtle curves, accented by the shifting of muscle under her shirt as she continued to fight with the fish, to her face, still flushed with surprise.
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (45% in)
  • The heat from his body called subtly, temptingly to hers.
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (81% in)
  • It's a very subtle scent.
    1.8 — Part 1 Chapter 8 (47% in)
  • Subtle.
    1.8 — Part 1 Chapter 8 (47% in)
  • He pinched her subtly pointed chin.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (**% in)
  • And her photographer's eye had seen beneath the subtle use of cosmetics to the pale bruises under Lee's eyes.
    1.12 — Part 1 Chapter 12 (1% in)
  • His mouth demanded, but so slowly, so subtly that she was giving before she was aware of it.
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 (75% in)
  • Where before each of them had considered their photographs separately, now subtly, unconsciously, they began to do two things that would improve the final result: compete and consult.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (8% in)
  • Sexy, tempting, subtle.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (95% in)

There are no more uses of "subtle" in Summer Pleasures.

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