5. Sly; artful; cunning; crafty; subtle; as, a subtile person; a subtile adversary; a subtile scheme. [In this sense now commonly written subtle.]

Syn.Subtile, Acute. In acute the image is that of a needle's point; in subtile that of a thread spun out to fineness. The acute intellect pierces to its aim; the subtile (or subtle) intellect winds its way through obstacles.

Sub"tile*ly, adv.Sub"tile*ness, n.

(Sub*til"i*ate) v. t. [LL. subtiliare.] To make thin or rare. [Obs.] Harvey.Sub`til*i*a"tion n. [Obs.] Boyle.

(Sub"til*ism) n. The quality or state of being subtile; subtility; subtlety.

The high orthodox subtilism of Duns Scotus.

(Sub*til"i*ty) n. [L. subtilitas: cf. F. subtilité. See Subtle.] Subtilty. [R.]

(Sub`til*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. subtilization.]

1. The act of making subtile.

2. (Old Chem.) The operation of making so volatile as to rise in steam or vapor.

3. Refinement; subtlety; extreme attenuation.

(Sub"til*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subtilized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Subtilizing ] [L. subtiliser.]

1. To make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse.

2. To refine; to spin into niceties; as, to subtilize arguments.

Nor as yet have we subtilized ourselves into savages.

(Sub"til*ize), v. i. To refine in argument; to make very nice distinctions. Milner.

(Sub"til*i`zer) n. One who subtilizes.

(Sub"til*ty) n. [Contr. fr. subtility.]

1. The quality or state of being subtile; thinness; fineness; as, the subtility of air or light.

2. Refinement; extreme acuteness; subtlety.

Intelligible discourses are spoiled by too much subtility in nice divisions.

3. Cunning; skill; craft. [Obs.]

To learn a lewd man this subtility.

4. Slyness in design; artifice; guile; a cunning design or artifice; a trick; subtlety.

O full of all subtility and all mischief.
Acts xiii. 10.

In senses 2, 3, and 4 the word is more commonly written subtlety.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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