Translation of subtle in Spanish:


sutil, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈsʌt(ə)l//ˈsədl/

adjectivesubtler, subtlest

  • 1

    • 1.1(delicate, elusive)

      (fragrance) sutil
      (smile) leve
      (smile) ligero
      it was painted the subtlest of pinks estaba pintado de un rosa muy tenue
      • there's a subtle hint of basil in the sauce la salsa tiene un ligerísimo gusto a albahaca
      • The effect is subtle, yet it works, and while the overall result is undeniably decadent, the space feels individual as opposed to ostentatious.
      • My Munchurian Chicken was mild, the chicken complemented by a subtle sauce flavoured with onions, garlic, ginger, finely chopped herbs and plenty of pepper.
      • Creamy nutty oak flavours backing up some subtle fruit flavours of nectarine, peach and apple juice.
      • Various sweet dishes, of which ice cream is the most obvious example, can be given a subtle tea flavour, but some is also used in some parts of the world for savoury dishes.
      • The way he used elements of other film scores for certain subtle effects.
      • There is a hint of gold and a very slight sweetness with a subtle herb flavour and a gentle smell of newly-mown hay: a delicate flavouring that doesn't overpower the vodka.
      • Fortunately it means bargain prices for this complex and subtle wine, which is on sale in limited quantities for €8.89 a bottle.
      • The pasta, which was tossed in a white wine and cream sauce, received a good response and was praised for its subtle mushroom flavours.
      • By themselves, these genes had only subtle effects on the temporal pattern of egg laying.
      • This elusive goal requires a deep understanding of the components of speech and of the subtle effects of a person's volume, pitch, timing and emphasis.
      • The last time there was wind from this direction it brought with it a torrential horizontal downpour of rain, but no hope or fear of that this time. The effect is more subtle.
      • More subtle effects of air resistance on projectile motion are related to the shape and rotation of the object.
      • No study can adequately predict the long-term and subtle effects of a vaccine prior to its introduction to a group as large as most of the population of our planet.
      • Try using pigment pads on dark paper for a subtle effect.
      • Moreover, pasteurisation would ruin the subtle cheese flavours stemming from the hillside pastures.
      • A third factor is that subtle effects of preen oil may not be detectable in captive birds.
      • White tea should only be blended with very subtle ingredients, if any at all, to prevent it from being overpowered.
      • Limes have a stimulating, wake-me-up freshness that sets off the less obvious flavours of more subtle fruits and vegetables.
      • The defiant stare, too, would have made a subtle effect, emphasised by the averted, pixellated face of the tubby, shorter guard.
      • It's quite a subtle effect, but it's definitely there.

    • 1.2(not obvious)

      (distinction/difference/hint) sutil
      (change) imperceptible
      he dropped a few subtle hints lanzó algunas sutiles indirectas
      • The software analyses voice patterns, and detects subtle changes which can point to the claimants lying.
      • I've been online since 1996 as a writer, and the sea change was subtle, but serious.
      • I miss subtle changes in language over a magazine's course.
      • Again it appears to be that the most sensitive organ is the liver, and nobody has done a careful study to look at whether there are subtle changes in muscle or other tissues yet.
      • However, when both languages are in the same book, subtle differences make it difficult for some readers, usually those reading in Spanish.
      • Some of us have a finely tuned nose, able to detect subtle differences and describe fragrance with colourful adjectives such as musky, syrupy and spicy.
      • For how spare it is, the track is incredibly moving as every subtle change and alteration in the slowly accumulating tones takes on heavy emotional weight.
      • As time went by, a subtle change began to overtake her, transforming her by degrees into another person hardly recognizable to her children.
      • But change is subtle and sometimes imperceptible.
      • They can also remove certain features of a landscape to enhance others and isolate subtle changes with mathematical precision.
      • Although there are subtle changes on Parade, it's not radically dissimilar to what fans have come to expect.
      • But the changes are so subtle that they are difficult to apprehend and you cannot be certain that this is the case.
      • The actors lip-synch the songs and Neil creates different personalities with subtle changes in his voice.
      • Imaging techniques used by the team can demonstrate extremely subtle changes in the structures of the brain as the disease progresses and detect any change in response to treatment.
      • But take a look at the television advertisements targeting Hispanic voters in this state, and you'll notice a subtle change.
      • But mostly change is subtle, almost delicate, and it is viewed most clearly not from the stand or drawing room but with a squint-eyed look from across the net.
      • They alleviate the difficulties of observing subtle changes that are difficult to observe with more established methods such as superimposition.
      • But the catches have been going down faster than the quotas and environmentalists suspect the bigger factor is a chain of subtle changes triggered by a slight rise in temperature in the North Sea.
      • I saw young black spruces growing higher than ever before on boreal hillsides in Alaska, and subtle changes transform the tundra.
      • More fundamentally, this book is at times reckless in its disregard for the subtle changes in the representation of religious differences across the period from Shakespeare to Milton.

    • 1.3informal (tactful)

      you could have been a bit more subtle about telling her se lo podías haber dicho con un poco más de delicadeza
      • But their moves were quiet and furtive, and hard to trace, and so I was forced to use subtle methods to seek the root of this vile blossom.
      • Yet the approach may be more subtle - and quite clever as well.
      • Some of the solutions to your problems are very subtle and clever.
      • It is subtle and clever and knows how to get our attention.
      • The function of formal rules and accountability mechanisms in the regulation of police work is more indirect and subtle.
      • However subtle and indirect, its provenance in the peace settlement reveals it to be too much an enterprise of political imposition, and too little of genuine consent.
      • His methods aren't subtle but when you have megalomaniacal ambitions it's easy not to be shy about getting your hands dirty while disposing of assorted Latino gangsters.
      • More subtle methods were employed in achieving operational and strategic success.
      • Girls tend to use more indirect, subtle, and social methods such as exclusion, manipulation, and spreading rumors.
      • The characters are revealed in clever and subtle ways.
      • These were the new readers the Irish Times had to attract in order to survive, and Gageby set out on a subtle course to achieve it.
      • Siblings' methods may be subtle, but they're no less cutting.
      • He will use diplomatic methods and more subtle military pressure.
      • Jesus used an indirect and subtle method of communication which may well have been more effective than direct, dogmatic statements.
      • They would prefer more subtle methods of signaling unhappiness with a stock.
      • These strategic dilemmas are supported with some subtle and clever tactical dynamics.
      • Lynn's method is at once subtle and mechanical.
      • Throughout the history of nations, inflation has been a time-honored and subtle method for governments to plunder its citizenry.
      • Then again, maybe we won't, as this is the kind of information that can be used in very subtle ways to achieve certain ends.
      • Instead, Adams is relying on more subtle methods to protect his old lady's integrity.

  • 2

    • 2.1(perceptive, discriminating)

      (mind/intellect/remark) perspicaz
      (mind/remark/intellect) agudo
      • That was not an impossible ideal but it did require a subtle mind to grasp it.
      • She read and brooded over philosophical problems; her mind was subtle, but her judgements were sometimes uncertain.
      • There is another, parsimonious explanation that escapes many would be subtle minds.
      • One can easily imagine why a parent would want to make their children more capable of subtle discernment of where their real interests lie.
      • However, the truth is the mind is very subtle and it has the ability to rationalize which can turn the obvious into the ambiguous, and vice versa.

    • 2.2(ingenious, clever)

      (device/argument) ingenioso
      (device/argument) sutil
      (irony) fino
      • Instead, they rally the people through subtle statements straight from the heart.
      • Instead, these works are subtle and quiet, yet filled with mood.
      • The rum opens up the subtle and elaborate world of flavours within each chocolate.
      • By means of ingenious and subtle arguments and making the fewest possible assumptions, he arrived at the following conclusions.
      • I've found more subtle, quiet ways to make sure everyone around pays attention to me now.

  • 3archaic

    • But the serpent was as subtle and cunning as ever, more than any other beast who dwelt within the garden which the Gods had made.
    • The King James Version uses subtle rather than crafty, but the meaning is the same.