Synonyms for (adjective) subtle

Synonyms: insidious, pernicious, subtle

Definition: working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

Usage: glaucoma is an insidious disease; a subtle poison

Similar words: harmful

Definition: causing or capable of causing harm

Usage: too much sun is harmful to the skin; harmful effects of smoking


Synonyms: elusive, subtle

Definition: difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

Usage: his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change; a subtle difference; that elusive thing the soul

Similar words: impalpable

Definition: imperceptible to the senses or the mind

Usage: an impalpable cloud; impalpable shadows; impalpable distinctions; as impalpable as a dream


Synonyms: subtle

Definition: able to make fine distinctions

Usage: a subtle mind

Similar words: perceptive

Definition: having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

Usage: a perceptive eye; a perceptive observation