subtlety

Part of speech: noun

Artifice; cunning. subtleness.

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Usage examples "subtlety":

  1. Ishmael had a sly chuckle as he thought of others who would do likewise, and, catching a twinkle in the Parson's eye, it occurred to him for the first time that day that perhaps all the subtlety of the race was not confined to those of the age of himself and Killigrew. - "Secret Bread", F. Tennyson Jesse.
  2. But, John," he continued while March stood dumb with wonder at his swift loss of subtlety, " I want you to know also that I feel no resentment- I cannot- O I cannot- against her who shares my guilt and shame!" - "John March, Southerner", George W. Cable.
  3. 9- 12. Jacob's subtlety and craft were, as is often the case, the weapons of a timid as well as selfish nature. - "Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers", Alexander Maclaren.