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Monday, July 12, 2010

Definitions for subtilize

  1. To make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning.
  2. To elevate in character.
  3. To make thin, rare, or more fluid or volatile; refine.

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Citations for subtilize
By long brooding over our recollections, we subtilize them into something akin to imaginary stuff, and hardly capable of being distinguished from it. Nathanial Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance
Another (ah Lord helpe) mee vilifies /With Art of Love, and how to subtilize, /Making lewd Venus, with eternall Lines, /To tye Adonis to her love's designes. John Davies of Hereford, Papers Complaint, compil'd in ruthfull Rimes Against the Paper-spoylers of these Times
Origin of subtilize
1585-1595
Subtilize grew in popularity among practitioners of alchemy and early medical theory.