Associations to the word «Subtlety»


SUBTLETY, noun. (uncountable) The quality or fact of being subtle.
SUBTLETY, noun. (countable) An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.
SUBTLETY, noun. (countable) An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another.

Dictionary definition

SUBTLETY, noun. A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning".
SUBTLETY, noun. The quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew".

Wise words

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Noam Chomsky