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- With subtleness, in a subtle manner; with cleverness rather than brute force.
- 1533, Erasmus of Roterdame, “The Thyrde Instruction”, in [anonymous], transl., A Playne and Godly Exposytion or Declaration of the Commune Crede (which in the Latin Tonge is Called Symbolum Apostolorum): And of the .x. Commaundementes of Goddes Law. […], imprinted at London […]: By me Robert Redman, […] [for William Marshall], OCLC 1114134812, folio 66, verso:
- Nexte cometh Arrius by ſoo muche the more wretched and madde in opynyon, by howe muche he dothe more ſubtely and craftily geue unto Chriſt the body of a man, and taketh from hym the ſowle of a man, [...]
- 2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.
with subtleness, in a subtle manner