adjective, sub·tler, sub·tlest.
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Physical attacks and death threats were followed by somewhat subtler dirty tricks, known in Ukraine politics as “black PR.”
Downton can teach the Queen something subtler about turning power into profit.
Such anti-evolutionary efforts are far from new, but they keep getting subtler.Creationism’s Latest Trojan Horse Edges Toward Virginia Schools|Karl W. Giberson|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The subtler Sofia Coppola bag has been a more recent success story.
Instead it was about something subtler: a conflict of identity.‘Granite State,’ the Penultimate Episode of ‘Breaking Bad,’ Is Walter White’s Final Act|Andrew Romano|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her upper lip quivered with a movement that was between a tremor and a smile, subtler than either.The Creators|May Sinclair
His had never been the din and crash of warfare by sword and cannon, but the subtler, deeper combat of the pen.With Edged Tools|Henry Seton Merriman
One feels that in the three centuries since Monna Lisa love has taken on a new and subtler nuance.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
No subtler tempter ever spoke to the hearts of a man and a woman.The Devil|Joseph O'Brien
A subtler, a weirder, a more awful horror is thus added to the dread of communion with the supernatural.The Science of Fairy Tales|Edwin Sidney Hartland