noun, plural subtleties.
the state or quality of being subtle
delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.
acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination.
a fine-drawn distinction; refinement of reasoning: the subtleties of logic.
History/Historical. an elaborate confection, ornate in construction and ornamentation, sometimes edible but more often made and used as a decoration for a table or buffet.
Origin: 1300–50; Middle English subtelte, sutilte Related forms
< Old French sutilte
< Latin subtīlitāt-
(stem of subtīlitās
) fineness, equivalent to subtīli
+ -tāt- -ty2
nonsubtlety, noun, plural nonsubtleties.
oversubtlety, noun, plural oversubtleties.