subtilty

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Noun[edit]

subtilty (countable and uncountable, plural subtilties)

  1. (archaic) Subtlety
    • Arthur Wilson, History of James I
      The man, being skilful in natural magick, did use all the artifices his subtilty could devise to imbecilitate the earl.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings [] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves []