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Subtlety, 1) cunning; stratagem: “the fox which lives by s.” Ven. 675. “by gins, by snares, by s.” H6B III, 1, 262.
2) false appearance, deception, illusion: “unlearned in the world's false --es,” Sonn. 138, 4. “you do yet taste some --es of the isle, that will not let you believe things certain,” Tp. V, 124 (Steevens: "this is a phrase adopted from ancient cookery and confectionary. When a dish was so contrived as to appear unlike what it really was, they called it a subtlety. Dragons, castles, trees etc. made out of sugar, had the like denomination". A remark furnishing a new instance for the peculiar use of the word, but hardly illustrative of the above passage). “'tis the king's s. to have my life,” Per. II, 5, 44.
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