|a.||1.||Thin; not dense or gross; rare; |
|2.||Delicately constituted or constructed; nice; fine; delicate; tenuous; finely woven.|
|3.||Acute; piercing; searching.|
|5.||Characterized by nicety of discrimination; discerning; delicate; refined; subtle.|
The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtile, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humor and so little wit in their literature. The genius of the Italians, on the contrary, is acute, profound, and sensual, but not subtile; hence what they think to be humorous, is merely witty.
|5.||Sly; artful; cunning; crafty; subtle; |