Subtilty

Part of speech: noun

Refinement; a nicety.

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Usage examples "subtilty":

  1. Since my first refusal of her addresses she has endeavoured to do me all ill offices with my uncle, yet has managed 'em with that subtilty, that to him they have borne the face of kindness; while her malice, like a dark lanthorn, only shone upon me where it was directed. - "The Double-Dealer", William Congreve.
  2. We are ignorant of the particular divinity with whom he was identified, or would be the more readily associated from some similarity in the pronunciation of his name: we know only that he still preserved in his new country all the power of his voice and all the subtilty of his mind. - "History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 6 (of 12)", G. Maspero.
  3. Augustin, who was inclined to subtilty, much relished these explanations which, if ingenious, were often forced. - "Saint Augustin", Louis Bertrand.