SUBTLETY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of SUBTLETY
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 n.  perceptiveness; intellectual activity; subtility; delicacy; quality or state of being subtle
Classic Sentence:
1  All this was accomplished with a subtlety so perfect, that the minister, though he had constantly a dim perception of some evil influence watching over him, could never gain a knowledge of its actual nature.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Context  Highlight   In XI. THE INTERIOR OF A HEART
2  I was very much impressed, and not for the first time, by my guardian's subtlety.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In Chapter XXXII
3  But in a matter like this, subtlety appeals to subtlety, and without imagination no man can follow another into these halls.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 42. The Whiteness of The Whale.
4  It was evident that this excess of caution proceeded from an experience that no subtlety on the part of their enemies could deceive.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 7
5  I am Ulysses son of Laertes, renowned among mankind for all manner of subtlety, so that my fame ascends to heaven.
The Odyssey By Homer
Context  Highlight   In BOOK IX
6  He felt that he had known them all, those strange terrible figures that had passed across the stage of the world and made sin so marvellous and evil so full of subtlety.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 11
7  Look attentively at the duels and the hand-to-hand combats, how superior the Italians are in strength, dexterity, and subtlety.
The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli
8  In fact the various shades and subtleties of our social intercourse defy enumeration.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Gogol
Context  Highlight   In PART 1: CHAPTER III
9  In the same way he found that, when it came to a question of dispensing justice and of adjusting disputes, the host of juridical subtleties with which the professors had provided him proved absolutely useless.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Gogol
Context  Highlight   In PART 2: CHAPTER I
10  I confess I do not understand: perhaps there are diplomatic subtleties here beyond my feeble intelligence, but I can't make it out.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER X
11  Of all the wondrous devices and dexterities, the sleights of hand and countless subtleties, to which the veteran whaleman is so often forced, none exceed that fine manoeuvre with the lance called pitchpoling.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
12  This is not a time for idle subtleties and false opinions," she answered; "but a moment when every duty should be equally considered.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 8
13  I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 1
Example Sentence:
1  African dance is vigorous, but full of subtlety.
2  They had obviously been hoping to approach the topic with more subtlety.
3  He argued his case with considerable subtlety.
4  In time you'll appreciate the beauty and subtlety of this language.
5  That kind of subtlety is all right in print, but in real life it would put you on a false track in nineteen out of twenty cases.