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subtilize (third-person singular simple present subtilizes, present participle subtilizing, simple past and past participle subtilized)

  1. (transitive) To make subtle; to make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse.
  2. (transitive) To refine; to spin into niceties.
    to subtilize arguments
    • Burke
      Nor as yet have we subtilized ourselves into savages.
  3. (intransitive) To use subtle arguments or distinctions.