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subtle

 [sut´'l]
1. very fine, as a subtle powder.
2. very acute, as a subtle pain.
References in classic literature ?
Mysticism, with its marvellous power of making common things strange to us, and the subtle antinomianism that always seems to accompany it, moved him for a season; and for a season he inclined to the materialistic doctrines of the Darwinismus movement in Germany, and found a curious pleasure in tracing the thoughts and passions of men to some pearly cell in the brain, or some white nerve in the body, delighting in the conception of the absolute dependence of the spirit on certain physical conditions, morbid or healthy, normal or diseased.
Everything was similar: the ladies' subtle talk, the cards, the general raising his voice at the card table, and the samovar and the tea cakes; only one thing was lacking that he had always seen at the evening parties he wished to imitate.
When Johnson chastens George Wallace, or a King speech is more critical of America's Vietnam policy than anyone expected, the reader understands why; he's been with these characters for a couple of years, hearing nearly everything they hear, and watching their subtle, often internal political twists and turns.
Now a recent study reveals that exposure to even tiny amounts of domoic acid in utero may produce subtle, long-term cognitive impairment in rats.
In psychological terms, a subtle flux of personality is revealed, which Holcombe harnesses to particular effect in the group portraits.
Bamboo: Highlighting the natural side of forest canopies with subtle lines Chopped Bamboo: Bundled bamboo dramatically expands as it is unrolled with subtle non-directional shoots
June 15, 2005 Greensboro, NC Learn how the subtle energies from plants and minerals affect your perception of reality and your experience of life.
Trends and events in every part of the world are acting in ways subtle and not so subtle to put greater demands on the profession and on its practitioners, to ensure that information and, more important, meaning are shared among the right people, at the right time, in the right way.
As Annie Dillard says in Living by Fiction, fiction "is a subtle pedagogy" (155).
Father Whaleri describes the New Age Movement as a subtle but real danger to the Catholic faith, following the document published by the Vatican in April 2003 (see "Vatican on New Age", C.I., June 2003, p.17).
Grillin' Chef's Grill 3103 imparts a savory grill flavor with a meaty impression, while Grillin' Chef's Grill 3104 provides an initial gas grill flavor, followed by a subtle meaty/pork finish.
Tinsman's painstaking analysis of the subtle and not-so-subtle continuities and changes in rural life is set in Chile's fertile Aconcagua Valley where dynamics, according to the author, paralleled those in other parts of Chile.