To see all instances of the word
used in
Cyrano de Bergerac
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
Used in
Cyrano de Bergerac
Go to Book Vocabulary
  • DE GUICHE (coming nearer): O woman! woman! Who but a woman had e'er devised so subtle a trick?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • CYRANO: Oh, yes! ROXANE: A heart too deep for common minds to plumb, A spirit subtle, charming?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • FIRST CADET: —For subtle craft, give me a woman! DE GUICHE: But how did you pass through their lines?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • LIGNIERE (tasting his rivesalte in sips): Magdaleine Robin—Roxane, so called! A subtle wit—a precieuse.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …skilled in The truth of sentiment dissolve and vanish,— The soul exhausted by these empty pastimes, The gain of fine things be the loss of all things! ROXANE: But wit? I say. . . CYRANO: In love 'tis crime,—'tis hateful! Turning frank loving into subtle fencing! At last the moment comes, inevitable,— —Oh, woe for those who never know that moment! When feeling love exists in us, ennobling, Each well-weighed word is futile and soul-saddening! ROXANE: Well, if that moment's come for…  (not reviewed by editor)

To see samples from other sources, click a sense of the word below:
as in: a subtle poison
as in: a subtle shade of blue
as in: a subtle difference or thinker
To see an overview of word senses, click here.

Go to Book Vocabulary Learn more easily.   Think more clearly.   Express more effectively.