Explicit vs Subtle - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between explicit and subtle
is that explicit
is explicit while subtle
is hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
Very specific, clear, or detailed.
(euphemism) Containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic.
- I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.
- The film had several scenes including explicit language and sex.
* express, manifest, overt
* (containing offensive material) raunchy
* implicit, unexplicit, vague
* (containing offensive material) circumspect
* subtil (obsolete)
* subtile (obsolete)
Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
(of a thing) Cleverly contrived.
(of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.
* 1623 , , act iv, scene 4,
- The difference is subtle , but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
- Thy age confirmed, proud, subtle , bloody, treacherous.
* crafty, cunning, skillful
* (insidious) insidious
* (hard to grasp) simple
* subtle body