Synonyms of subtle in English:

subtle


See definition of subtle

adjective

1‘the colours are soft and subtle’

SYNONYMS

understated, low-key, muted, toned down, subdued

delicate, faint, pale, soft, indistinct, indefinite, vague, washed out

ANTONYMS

lurid, obvious

2‘subtle distinctions are of little value’

SYNONYMS

fine, fine-drawn, ultra-fine, nice, overnice, minute, precise, narrow, tenuous

hair-splitting, indistinct, indefinite, elusive, abstruse

informal minuscule

ANTONYMS

crude

3‘a robust and subtle mind’

SYNONYMS

astute, keen, quick, fine, acute, sharp, razor-like, razor-sharp, rapier-like, canny, shrewd, aware, perceptive, discerning, sensitive, discriminating, penetrating, sagacious, wise, clever, intelligent, skilful, artful

sapient, percipient, perspicacious

informal on the ball, savvy

archaic politic

ANTONYMS

slow-witted

4‘the plan was simple yet subtle’

SYNONYMS

ingenious, clever, skilful, adroit, cunning, crafty, wily, artful, devious

ANTONYMS

crude, artless