subtilty

Related to subtilty: elicited, alleviated

sub·tile

 (sŭt′l, sŭb′təl)
adj.
Subtle.

[Middle English, from Old French subtil, from Latin subtīlis, fine, delicate; see subtle.]

sub′tile·ly adv.
sub·til′i·ty (səb-tĭl′ĭ-tē), sub′tile·ness (sŭt′l-nĭs, sŭb′təl-), sub′til·ty (sŭt′l-tē, sŭb′təl-) n.
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But in this conclusion they were at one with Solomon and Jane; also, some nephews, nieces, and cousins, arguing with still greater subtilty as to what might be done by a man able to "will away" his property and give himself large treats of oddity, felt in a handsome sort of way that there was a family interest to be attended to, and thought of Stone Court as a place which it would be nothing but right for them to visit.
Less swart in aspect, the companions of this figure were of that vivid, tiger-yellow complexion peculiar to some of the aboriginal natives of the Manillas; --a race notorious for a certain diabolism of subtilty, and by some honest white mariners supposed to be the paid spies and secret confidential agents on the water of the devil, their lord, whose counting-room they suppose to be elsewhere.
The other is, when the matter of the point controverted, is great, but it is driven to an over-great subtilty, and obscurity; so that it becometh a thing rather ingenious, than substantial.
He explains that satan's power to lure is in cunningness and subtilty.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Fancy depends upon the rapidity and profusion with which she scatters her thoughts and images; trusting that their number, and the felicity with which they are linked together, will make amends for the want of individual value: or she prides herself upon the curious subtilty and the successful elaboration with which she can detect their lurking affinities.
A New Method and Extraordinary Invention to Dress Horses, Work Them According to Nature, as Also to Perfect Nature by the Subtilty of Art.
Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptation of Satan, sinned in eating the forbidden fruit ...
without laboured splendour of language, or affected subtilty [sic] of conjecture'.
56r/ to the law of God, And this is the true foundation and establishment of all Justice communicative (g) and distributive (h) of all Government of all (i) Laws; And they that go about to remove God, or his Providence or his Soveraign Law, even that of nature out of the World, do in a moment dissolve the foundations of all human Government and human Societys and all Justice between Man and Man all which stand bottomed only upon the Soveraign Authority and Law of Almighty God: And without this great Substratum Men of power or bouldness, or subtilty would with as much facility break the Bonds of Government, as Sampson broke his (j) withs (2) or the New Cords with which he was bound [Judg.
Samuel Johnson recognized also had something to say: "for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtilty and the dogmatism of learning, must be finally decided all claim to poetical honors" (642).