(sŭt′l, sŭb′təl)

[Middle English, from Old French subtil, from Latin subtīlis, fine, delicate; see subtle.]

sub′tile·ly adv.
sub·til′i·ty (səb-tĭl′ĭ-tē), sub′tile·ness (sŭt′l-nĭs, sŭb′təl-), sub′til·ty (sŭt′l-tē, sŭb′təl-) n.
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To be sure, the idea of using power to vanquish or punish enemies or reward cronies has been around for as long as political power has been around: It's the subtility, cleverness and depth of exercise of this age-old power play that makes it noble or extremely dumb.
(49) Presented as a justification of the loyal nobility, forced to take action to protect themselves, true religion and the king, this is a particularly violent and direct polemic aimed at the 'craft, subtility and treason of Esme d'Aubigny and his complices'.
pre-eminence in subtility obtained him the title of chief