Pastel vs Subtle - What's the difference?

pastel | subtle |


As a noun pastel

is any of several subdued tints of colors, usually associated with pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and lavender.

As an adjective subtle is

hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.

pastel

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Any of several subdued tints of colors, usually associated with pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and lavender
  • A drawing made with any of those colors.
  • A type of dried paste used to make crayons.
  • A crayon made from such a paste.
  • Anagrams

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    subtle

    English

    Alternative forms

    * subtil (obsolete) * subtile (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
  • The difference is subtle , but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
  • (of a thing) Cleverly contrived.
  • (of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.
  • insidious
  • * 1623 , , act iv, scene 4,
  • Thy age confirmed, proud, subtle , bloody, treacherous.
  • Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
  • Synonyms

    * crafty, cunning, skillful * (insidious) insidious

    Antonyms

    * (hard to grasp) simple

    Derived terms

    * subtle body * subtleness * subtlety * subtly

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