Definition of subtlety noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌtlti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌtlti//
    (pl. subtleties)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality of being subtle It's a thrilling movie even though it lacks subtlety.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] the small but important details or aspects of something the subtleties of language the subtleties of the British constitution
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French soutilte, from Latin subtilitas, from subtilis ‘fine, delicate’.Extra examples Her dancing has great subtlety. His understanding of light brings great subtlety to his painting. She was too young to grasp the subtleties of the film. a pianist of great subtlety
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