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Subtle

charlatan, posing as alchemist, bilks hapless victims. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
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It was a pity that, somehow, to settle this once for all, I had equally to re-enumerate the signs of subtlety that, in the afternoon, by the lake had made a miracle of my show of self-possession.
I was very much impressed, and not for the first time, by my guardian's subtlety. To confess the truth, I very heartily wished, and not for the first time, that I had had some other guardian of minor abilities.
"Well, he told me that Benedetto, who is considered a serpent of subtlety and a giant of cunning, is really but a very commonplace, silly rascal, and altogether unworthy of the experiments that will be made on his phrenological organs after his death."
In the underwater thriller Hunter Killer, a rogue Russian admiral prepares to push the button on a Third World War and Butler sails to our rescue as a renegade submarine captain, who Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss' script torpedoes subtlety and springs a few plot-holes, but largely keeps its head above water for two undemanding hours.
THERE'S a breathless lack of subtlety in this teen sci-fi romance where a high-school girl has a close encounter in downtown Moscow.
This article integrates my interpretation of Kara Walker's 2014 installation A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, in light of works by feminist critic Audre Lorde and Guyanese poet Grace Nichols, with my students' responses to the installation's multiple layers of meaning.
Readers of the first Delilah Dirk adventure might be surprised that the brash heroine would get involved in the subtleties of an espionage plot, but have no fear: she decidedly does not trade her swords for subtlety.
The general lack of subtlety prevents the build up of tension that made the first film so successful.
George Formby taking on the fearsome Hun in 1938's Let George Do It had more subtlety.
And Paul O'Connell has warned his Ireland teammates the Welsh possess more attacking subtlety than their bulldozing 'Warrenball' typecasting.
On Tuesday Gwyn Hughes Jones' Cavaradossi displayed a hugely imposing vocal presence, which in 'E lucevan le stelle' and 'Recondita armonia' he tamed into expressions of lyrical subtlety and gentleness.
No realm of nature exhibits more complexity, and in no realm do accurate explanations require more subtlety. That's especially the case when the brain malfunctions.