Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the L God had made.
I commend the Judge that seems fine and ingenious, so it tend to right and equity. And I condemn them, that either out of pleasure to shew a subtil wit will destroy, or out of incuriousness or negligence will not labour to support the act of the party by the art or act of the law.
Rien n'est si voisin du haut style que le galimatias: le ridicule est une des extrémités du subtil.jean-louis guez de balzac balzac
I do exceedingly commend the Judges that are curious and almost subtil, Astuti (which is the word used in the Proverbs of Solomon in a good sense, when it is to a good end) to invent reasons and means to make Acts, according to the just intent of the parties, and to avoid wrong and injury which by rigid rules might be wrought out of the Act.
Queimou o sagrado templo de Diana, Do subtil Tesifónio fabricado, Heróstrato, por ser da gente humana Conhecido no mundo e nomeado: Se também com tais obras nos engana O desejo de um nome avantajado, Mais razão há que queira eterna glória Quem faz obras tão dignas de memória.luís de camões