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SUBTIL; SUBTLE; SUBTLETY; SUBTILTY
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Subtilize definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SUB'TILIZE, v.t. [L. subtilis.]
1. To make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse.
2. To refine; to spin into niceties; as, to subtilize arguments.
SUB'TILIZE, v.i. To refine in argument; to make very nice distinctions.
In whatever manner the papist might subtilize--

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
2: make more subtle or refined [syn: rarefy, sublimate, subtilize]
3: make (senses) more keen [syn: subtilize, subtilise]

Merriam Webster's

verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1592 intransitive verb to act or think subtly transitive verb to make subtile subtilization noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. (also -ise) 1 tr. a make subtle. b elevate; refine. 2 intr. (usu. foll. by upon) argue or reason subtly. Derivatives: subtilization n. Etymology: F subtiliser or med.L subtilizare (as SUBTLE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Subtilize 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. --Burke.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Make thin. 2. Rarefy, etherealize. 3. Refine excessively, make over-nice. II. v. n. Refine, be over-nice.

Moby Thesaurus

adulterate, analyze, attenuate, contradistinguish, cut, demarcate, demark, dematerialize, differentiate, dilute, discriminate, disembody, distinguish, divide, draw the line, emacerate, emaciate, enervate, etherealize, expand, mark the interface, pick out, rarefy, sap, screen, screen out, segregate, select, separate, set a limit, set apart, set off, sever, severalize, sieve, sieve out, sift, sift out, sort, sort out, spiritualize, split hairs, subdivide, thin, thin away, thin down, thin out, water, water down, weaken, winnow



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