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Synonyms for cleverness
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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cleverness

    Sharpness, acuteness, and insight, however keen, and penetration, however deep, fall short of the meaning of acumen, which implies also ability to use these qualities to advantage. There are persons of keen insight and great penetration to whom these powers are practically useless. Acumen is sharpness to some purpose, and belongs to a mind that is comprehensive as well as keen. Cleverness is a practical aptitude for study or learning. Insight and discernment are applied oftenest to the judgment of character; penetration and perspicacity to other subjects of knowledge. Sagacity is an uncultured skill in using quick perceptions for a desired end, generally in practical affairs; acumen may increase with study, and applies to the most erudite matters. Shrewdness is keenness or sagacity, often with a somewhat evil bias, as ready to take advantage of duller intellects. Perspicacity is the power to see clearly through that which is difficult or involved. We speak of the acuteness of an observer or a reasoner, the insight and discernment of a student, a clergyman, or a merchant, the sagacity of a hound, the keenness of a debater, the shrewdness of a usurer, the penetration, perspicacity, and acumen of a philosopher.

    Synonyms:
    acumen, acuteness, discernment, insight, keenness, penetration, perspicacity, sagacity, sharpness, shrewdness

    Antonyms:
    bluntness, dulness, obtuseness, stupidity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inventiveness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, clevernessnoun

    the power of creative imagination

    Synonyms:
    smartness, brightness, ingenuity, inventiveness, ingeniousness

  2. brightness, cleverness, smartnessnoun

    intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty

    Synonyms:
    swank, smart, ingenuity, chichi, alacrity, brightness level, chic, last word, briskness, inventiveness, luminosity, stylishness, smarting, luminousness, luminance, light, brightness, chicness, smartness, modishness, ingeniousness

  3. ingenuity, ingeniousness, clevernessnoun

    the property of being ingenious

    "a plot of great ingenuity"; "the cleverness of its design"

    Synonyms:
    ingeniousness, smartness, brightness, ingenuity, inventiveness

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. clevernessnoun

    Synonyms:
    dexterity, adroitness, skill, aptness, aptitude, readiness, quickness, smartness, expertness, ability

  2. clevernessnoun

    Synonyms:
    [U. S.] benignity, kindness, kindliness, amiability, kind-heartedness, fellow-feeling, good-nature

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "cleverness":

    ingenuity, resourcefulness

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How to use cleverness in a sentence?

  1. Israel Zangwill:

    A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to comprehend his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.

  2. Stendhal:

    All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

  3. Carole Baskin:

    I was suspicious as we were doing it because the questions appeared taped. But had no idea it would turn out to be such a fun prank, it gave us a very welcome good laugh. I appreciate their cleverness and that they created their video in a way that I don't feel was in any way mean spirited.

  4. Plato:

    Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.

  5. Jalal ud-Din Rumi:

    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.


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