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used in The Brothers Karamazov

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1  —2 uses as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)


capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
  • And let us give up all discussion of these subtleties and distinctions, and, if you will be so kind, get back to the point.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (71% in)
  • And, what's more, he went into psychological subtleties into which he could not have entered, if he had the least conscious and malicious prejudice against the prisoner.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (72% in)

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  • A thousand things may happen in reality which elude the subtlest imagination.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (81% in)
  • There is no moral depravity, no real corrupt inner cynicism in it, but there is the appearance of it, and it is often looked upon among them as something refined, subtle, daring, and worthy of imitation.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (52% in)
  • "It's a subtle question, too.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (60% in)
  • There were graver occasions, and very subtle and complicated ones, when Fyodor Pavlovitch could not have explained the extraordinary craving for some one faithful and devoted, which sometimes unaccountably came upon him all in a moment.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (2% in)
  • For even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardor of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (18% in)
  • I came hither with little learning and here I have forgotten what I did know, God Himself has preserved me in my weakness from your subtlety.
    Book 7 — Alyosha (26% in)
  • " The psychological Ippolit Kirillovitch heard this with a subtle smile, and ended by recommending that these remarks as to where Dmitri Fyodorovitch would go should be "included in the case."
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (84% in)
  • Talking to Herzenstube, and giving it as his opinion that Smerdyakov was not mad, but only rather weak, Ivan only evoked from the old man a subtle smile.
    Book 11 — Ivan (51% in)
  • Before I started on my way here, I was warned in Petersburg, and was myself aware, that I should find here a talented opponent whose psychological insight and subtlety had gained him peculiar renown in legal circles of recent years.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (72% in)
  • But even admitting this was so, it is psychological subtlety, I suppose, that discerns that under certain circumstances I become as bloodthirsty and keen-sighted as a Caucasian eagle, while at the next I am as timid and blind as a mole.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (73% in)
  • The court has resolved to go on with the trial, but, meantime, I might make a few remarks about the character-sketch of Smerdyakov drawn with subtlety and talent by the prosecutor.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (83% in)
  • "The talented prosecutor, with extraordinary subtlety, sketched for us all the arguments for and against the hypothesis of Smerdyakov's guilt, and asked us in particular what motive he had in feigning a fit.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (84% in)
  • Just now, when the prosecutor was explaining his subtle theory that only an inexperienced thief like Karamazov would have left the envelope on the floor, and not one like Smerdyakov, who would have avoided leaving a piece of evidence against himself, I thought as I listened that I was hearing something very familiar, and, would you believe it, I have heard that very argument, that very conjecture, of how Karamazov would have behaved, precisely two days before, from Smerdyakov himself.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (85% in)

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