subtilization, n.subtilizer, n.
/sut"l uyz', sub"teuh luyz'/, v., subtilized, subtilizing.
1. to elevate in character; sublimate.
2. to make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning; sharpen.
3. to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about.
4. to make thin, rare, or more fluid or volatile; refine.
5. to make subtle distinctions or to argue subtly.
Also, esp. Brit., subtilise.
[1585-95; < ML subtilizare, equiv. to subtil(is) SUBTLE + -izare -IZE]

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