Usage examples for subtlety

  1. To the irresistible power of the general he could only oppose the subtlety of a student. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. The girl had a moment, at this, of thinking it natural that her interlocutress herself should so fail of subtlety. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  3. I was wrong, there is a subtlety about it, a devilish ingenuity about it. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  4. " I don't think he gives me credit for that much subtlety.... – Sjambak by John Holbrook Vance
  5. There was remarkable subtlety, also, in the manner in which that feeling was tempered. – Shadows of the Stage by William Winter
  6. Such subtlety had no charm for Ann; howbeit, my aunt gave no place to her doubting, and once more her urgent eloquence prevailed on the sorrowing maid to govern the yearning of her soul; and when I promised my friend to support her, she gave the wise lady, who had shown her such plain proofs of her devoted friendship, her word that she would in every point obey her. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  7. With a woman's subtlety she was simultaneously employing all the dialects of the Barbarians in order to appease their anger. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  8. But when I saw his look of puzzled wonder and admiration, I began to appreciate the subtlety and wisdom of her method. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  9. Busteretto was reaching dog's estate, his shape had taken on a degree of subtlety, his hair was growing long and straight and like leaves of the weeping willow. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  10. The subtlety of Mrs. Clarke, too, helped Dion at first. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  11. He had subtlety enough to understand her. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
  12. He chuckled to himself, as though enjoying the subtlety of his own humour. – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  13. He knew every subtlety of her coloring in one glance. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  14. The keen eyes glittered, and the quick mind was caught by the subtlety of the suggestion. – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  15. Such men are the natural leaders of mankind; they effect what they effect not by any subtlety or ingenuity. – At Large by Arthur Christopher Benson
  16. I resolve to deserve you, my lord, replied she, by talents of more value than those of music; by a justness of sense more valuable than that which your sages set such a price upon, and which is only a mere subtlety of mind. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  17. A union of extreme subtlety and one against which it was impossible to contend. – The Siege of Mafeking (1900) by J. Angus Hamilton
  18. But when Sacnoth was lifted up, the eye of Tharagavverug in the butt of the hilt beheld the dragon and perceived his subtlety. – The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
  19. It developed that Sharon's idea of reasoning lacked subtlety. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  20. The latter must only have enough subtlety and humanity to conceal his sympathy with this tragedy. – Human, All-Too-Human, Part II by Friedrich Nietzsche