This penetrating style of portraiture works on the subtlest of emotional responses as well.
She seemed the dearest, the subtlest, the strangest and most lovable girl.
It would have been the subtlest flattery, had he not been the most honest and straightforward of men.
Much of his best and subtlest work has been clacked out on a typewriter standing on an upturned packing box.
But certain souls are proof against the subtlest forms of hypnotism.
In every case the colors used are those which produce the subtlest harmony.
He may be in an agony of fear, but only by the subtlest changes could it be detected.
Then follow the subtlest arguments, the most interminable discussions.
The subtlest and most potent half of the spell is hidden; and we guess it only little by little.
Now the worst aspect of the German policy is that it associates the subtlest dialectics with the most insane brutality.
c.1300, sutel, soutil, in reference to things, "of thin consistency;" in reference to craftsmen, "skilled, clever," from Old French soutil, from Latin subtilis "fine, thin, delicate, finely woven," from sub "under" (see sub-) + -tilis, from tela "web" and texere "to weave" (see texture). The spelling with -b- reflects confusion with subtile. Most non-material senses were present by late 14c.