the subtlety of the flavor

delicacy, delicateness, subtleness; understatedness, mutedness, softness

classification is fraught with subtlety

fineness, subtleness, niceness, nicety, nuance

the subtlety of the human mind

astuteness, keenness, acuteness, sharpness, canniness, shrewdness, perceptiveness, discernment, discrimination, percipience, perspicacity, wisdom, cleverness, intelligence

the subtlety of their tactics

ingenuity, cleverness, skillfulness, adroitness, cunning, guile, craftiness, wiliness, artfulness, deviousness

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  • Subtlety — Sub tle*ty, n.; pl. {Subtleties}. [OE. sotelte, sutilte, OF. sotillete, L. subtilitas. See {Subtle}, and cf. {Subtility}.] 1. The quality or state of being subtle, or sly; cunning; craftiness; artfulness. [1913 Webster] The fox which lives by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subtlety — index discretion (quality of being discreet), evasion, nuance, subterfuge, technicality Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • subtlety — mid 14c., from O.Fr. soutilte, from L. subtilitatem (nom. subtilitas), noun of quality from subtilis (see SUBTLE (Cf. subtle)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • subtlety — [sut′ ltē] n. [ME sutelte < OFr sotillete < L subtilitas] 1. the quality or condition of being subtle; esp., the ability or tendency to make fine distinctions 2. pl. subtleties something subtle; esp., a fine distinction …   English World dictionary

  • subtlety — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ extreme, great, real VERB + SUBTLETY ▪ have ▪ Her dancing has great subtlety. ▪ display …   Collocations dictionary

  • subtlety — [[t]sʌ̱t(ə)lti[/t]] subtleties 1) N COUNT: usu pl, usu with supp, oft N of n Subtleties are very small details or differences which are not obvious. His fascination with the subtleties of human behaviour makes him a good storyteller... When a… …   English dictionary

  • subtlety — UK [ˈsʌt(ə)ltɪ] / US noun Word forms subtlety : singular subtlety plural subtleties 1) [uncountable] the quality of being complicated, delicate, or difficult to notice, often in a skilful or attractive way There is no subtlety at all about his… …   English dictionary

  • Subtlety — A subtlety (also sotelty or soteltie ) was an elaborate form of dish common during the late Middle Ages in Europe, particularly in England and France. [Laurioux, Bruno, Les livres de cuisine en Occident à la fin du Moyen Age , Thèse de doctorat:… …   Wikipedia

  • subtlety — sub|tle|ty [ˈsʌtlti] n plural subtleties 1.) [U] the quality that something has when it has been done in a clever or skilful way, with careful attention to small details ▪ The play lacks subtlety. ▪ She argued her case with considerable subtlety …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • subtlety — sub|tle|ty [ sʌtlti ] noun 1. ) uncount the quality of being complicated, delicate, or difficult to notice, often in a skillful or attractive way: There is no subtlety at all about his painting. Hickey s performance was magnificent in its… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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