Definition of unsubtle in English:



  • Not subtle; obvious; clumsy:

    ‘a grindingly unsubtle joke’
    • ‘Mambo Italiano has its share of very funny moments, but they are trapped in a production whose drama is unsubtle, obvious, and at times downright insipid.’
    • ‘They can camouflage themselves as suave mandarins, defending their unsubtle attempts at censoring an international festival of documentary cinema.’
    • ‘It was increasingly difficult to ignore the subtle and unsubtle ways that Juno managers at all levels were screwing up.’
    • ‘Heavy-handed and unsubtle, it tends to detract annoyingly from, rather than enhance, changes in mood.’
    • ‘They give us the broadest, roughest, most unsubtle guides imaginable.’
    • ‘Here many of his latter-day adherents do him a disservice, using unsubtle approximations of his logic to produce crude statements about power and language.’
    • ‘However, it will take discipline and imagination, as well as some pretty crude and unsubtle politics.’
    • ‘He takes on the conservative American media on its own terms: shrill, unsubtle, sometimes cruel, not always accurate.’
    • ‘Moreover, ask women who have served on hiring committees with men whether or not discrimination, subtle or unsubtle, occurs in searches.’
    • ‘You strain to make this out through a thicket of orange loops that give a subtle texture and an unsubtle effervescence to the canvas, which looks ready to bounce off the wall.’
    • ‘Basically, I and my better half both felt that it was a staggeringly unsubtle rendering of themes far more subtly dealt with in films like Grosse Point Blank, and even the Incredibles.’
    • ‘Honest and heartfelt though these sentiments may be, this sort of unsubtle, soapbox writing has no place in a work purporting to be serious literature.’
    • ‘At the risk of making racist generalisations, why is it that Europeans and Americans are so clumsy and unsubtle and appear to be such galumphing oafs in diplomacy?’
    • ‘From Woolamaloo (not to be confused with the Sydney Surburb with a similar name), comes a few megabytes of extremely unsubtle double entendre.’
    • ‘Sometimes unsubtle, though also often very clever in their insidious subtleties, they voice the frustration many people have with mainstream politics.’
    • ‘The latter included a vast array outlining the horrors of both Japanese and American imperialism, with remarkably blunt and unsubtle titles.’
    • ‘Love spells are on the whole rather unsubtle, heavy handed pieces of work and they're usually born out of desperation.’
    • ‘The unsubtle way that this obvious tearjerker attempts to align us against the corporation is almost unbearable.’
    • ‘Mighty Times has its moments, but the too-clever-by-half style unsubtle style overwhelms and bludgeons its strong subject matter.’
    • ‘This was popular among younger contributors, and was clean fun, though it may sound rather unsubtle to our older ears.’
    insensitive, inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking, indelicate, undiplomatic, impolitic, indiscreet, unsubtle, clumsy, heavy-handed, graceless, awkward, unpolished, inept, bungling, maladroit, gauche, undiscerning, unsophisticated
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