subtile

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin subtilis (fine, thin, slender, delicate), perhaps, from sub (under) + tela (a web, fabric). See tela, toil.

Adjective[edit]

subtile (comparative subtiler, superlative subtilest)

  1. (obsolete) subtle
    • 1819, Francis Bacon, The Works of Francis Bacon, volume 2, page 2:
      And sometimes this perception, in some kind of bodies, is far more subtile than the sense; so that the sense is but a dull thing in comparison of it: we see a weather-glass will find the least difference of the weather, in heat, or cold, when men find it not.
    • 1889, Henry James, The Solution.
      I burst into mirth at this—I liked him even better when he was subtile than when he was simple.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

subtile

  1. feminine singular of subtil

German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

subtile

  1. inflected form of subtil

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

subtīle

  1. nominative neuter singular of subtīlis
  2. accusative neuter singular of subtīlis
  3. vocative neuter singular of subtīlis

References[edit]

  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “subtile”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

subtile

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of subtil.