Meaning of oversubtle in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvəˈsʌtl/


  • Making excessively fine distinctions.

    ‘an oversubtle argument’
    • ‘Does it really count as ‘oversubtle’ to see that Cebes is saying that he doesn't trust the arguments?’
    • ‘A Franciscan of Tournai reported that, though untrained in theology, the Beguines rejoiced in new and oversubtle ideas.’
    scholarly, learned, academic, erudite, donnish