Subtile

Definition of Subtile

Sub´tile
a.1.Thin; not dense or gross; rare; as, subtile air; subtile vapor; a subtile medium.
2.Delicately constituted or constructed; nice; fine; delicate; tenuous; finely woven.
More subtile web Arachne can not spin.
- Spenser.
I do distinguish plain
Each subtile line of her immortal face.
- Sir J. Davies.
3.Acute; piercing; searching.
The slow disease and subtile pain.
- Prior.
5.Characterized by nicety of discrimination; discerning; delicate; refined; subtle.
The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtile, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humor and so little wit in their literature. The genius of the Italians, on the contrary, is acute, profound, and sensual, but not subtile; hence what they think to be humorous, is merely witty.
- Coleridge.
The subtile influence of an intellect like Emerson's.
- Hawthorne.
5.Sly; artful; cunning; crafty; subtle; as, a subtile person; a subtile adversary; a subtile scheme.

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