noun, plural sub·tle·ties.
Origin of subtlety
Examples from the Web for subtlety
Political or not, shown in New York or Budapest, it is a worthy achievement composed with taste and subtlety.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust|Daniel Genis|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Nicki doesn't just tell us she has a big, fat, ass—that would lack craft and subtlety.Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Is Too Much Booty for One Man to Handle|Amy Zimmerman|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without context, subtlety, and commentary, a parody begins to look eerily like the scenario it is attempting to skewer.
This is all done with the subtlety of someone wielding a jackhammer.Rage Against the Machine Dinosaur: What’s a Transformer Dinobot?|Marina Watts|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Reinhardt's subtlety makes us look until we can't look any more.
They know of no malice in paradise, no cunning, no subtlety, and no sly deceit.Bunyan Characters - Third Series|Alexander Whyte
This is a subtlety which the provinces cannot understand, and it is natural enough that they are unable to do so.Far Off Things|Arthur Machen
His features had the mobility of Southerners, strangely blending power and subtlety.The Mesmerist's Victim|Alexandre Dumas
The trick about the eyes is the weak and common portion of an otherwise matchless work of subtlety.Where Art Begins|Hume Nisbet
I am myself a student of German learning, and quite aware of the enormous industry, subtlety, and ingenuity of German scholarship.
British Dictionary definitions for subtlety
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for subtlety
mid-14c., from Old French soutilte, from Latin subtilitatem (nominative subtilitas), noun of quality from subtilis (see subtle).