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subtle
used in Black Like Me

2 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
Definition
working in an indirect or hidden way
  • Some were shamelessly open, some shamelessly subtle.
subtle = working in an indirect or hidden way
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2  —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)
  • The experience had subtler points that did not escape Rutledge.
subtler = harder to notice or understand
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  • The subtlety of it escaped the whites on the bus, but it in no way escaped the driver or the Negroes at the back.
  • I realized I was "going against the race" and the subtle tug-of-war became instantly clear.
  • Tragedy turned him into one of the subtlest and sharpest satirists in American letters.
  • Yet here the tone was subtly conniving.
  • We had engaged in a subtle battle of which I think he had only then become aware.
  • For a moment I knew the intimate and subtle joys of misery.

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