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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.
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.
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.
George Formby taking on the fearsome Hun in 1938's Let George Do It had more subtlety.
WALES boast far more attacking subtlety than their bulldozing 'Warrenball' typecasting, according to Paul O'Connell.
No realm of nature exhibits more complexity, and in no realm do accurate explanations require more subtlety.
I love my poem to take on the silence of aging, that subtlety only the
He captures the succinctness of Southern speak without losing its subtlety for satire and sass.
Written with subtlety and in a slow, deliberate way, both narrators take their time, allowing Weeks's words to wash over listeners in ways that will have them feeling Jamie's pain and fear.
Davies' refined, unfussy yet beautifully textured new work, In Plain Clothes, is performed in intimate studios where its subtlety can be read in full color.
Full-color photographs and extensive text entries for over 300 pairs of earrings allow the reader to experience the masterwork and subtlety in Navajo and Pueblo creations as surely as if seeing them in person.