subtilise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v subtilise make (senses) more keen
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Subtilise to make subtile, thin, or rare: to spin into niceties
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. subtilissub, under, tela, a web.

Usage

In literature:

We reduce digestion to thought; we subtilise secretions.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
But, soldier, no subtilising!
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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