Subterete to Subverse

(Sub`te*rete") a. Somewhat terete.

(Sub*ter"flu*ent Sub*ter"flu*ous) a. [L. subterfluens, p. pr. of subterfluere to flow beneath; subter under + fluere to flow.] Running under or beneath. [R.]

(Sub"ter*fuge) n. [F., from LL. subterfugium, fr. L. subterfugere to flee secretly, to escape; subter under + fugere to flee. See Fugitive.] That to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion.

Affect not little shifts and subterfuges, to avoid the force of an argument.
I. Watts.

By a miserable subterfuge, they hope to render this position safe by rendering it nugatory.

(Sub"ter*rane) n. [Cf. L. subterraneum, F. souterrain. See Subterranean.] A cave or room under ground. [R.] J. Bryant.

(Sub`ter*ra"ne*al) a. Subterranean. [Obs.]

(Sub`ter*ra"ne*an Sub`ter*ra"ne*ous) a. [L. subterraneus; sub under + terra earth. See Terrace.] Being or lying under the surface of the earth; situated within the earth, or under ground; as, subterranean springs; a subterraneous passage.Sub`ter*ra"ne*ous*ly, adv.

(Sub`ter*ran"i*ty) n. A place under ground; a subterrany. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(Sub"ter*ra*ny) a. Subterranean. [Obs.] Bacon.n. A subterranean place. [Obs.]

(Sub`ter*rene") a. [L. subterrenus, equiv. to subterraneus.] Subterraneous. [Obs.]

(Sub`ter*res"tri*al) a. Subterranean.

(Sub`tha*lam"ic) a. (Anat.) Situated under the optic thalamus.

(Sub"tile) a. [L. subtilis. See Subtile.]

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. "A sotil [subtile] twine's thread." Chaucer.

More subtile web Arachne can not spin.

I do distinguish plain
Each subtile line of her immortal face.
Sir J. Davies.

3. Acute; piercing; searching.

The slow disease and subtile pain.

5. Characterized by nicety of discrimination; discerning; delicate; refined; subtle. [In this sense now commonly written 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.

The subtile influence of an intellect like Emerson's.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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