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Synonyms for cunning
ˈkʌn ɪŋcun·ning

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cunning

    A contrivance or device may be either good or bad. A cheat is a mean advantage in a bargain; a fraud, any form of covert robbery or injury. Imposture is a deceitful contrivance for securing charity, credit, or consideration. A stratagem or maneuver may be of the good against the bad, as it were a skilful movement of war. A wile is usually but not necessarily evil.

    E'en children followed with endearing wile.

    Goldsmith Deserted Village, l. 184.

    A trick is often low, injurious, and malicious; we say a mean trick; the word is sometimes used playfully with less than its full meaning. A ruse or a blind may be quite innocent and harmless. An artifice is a carefully and delicately prepared contrivance for doing indirectly what one could not well do directly. A device is something studied out for promoting an end, as in a mechanism; the word is used of indirect action, often, but not necessarily directed to an evil, selfish, or injurious end. Finesse is especially subtle contrivance, delicate artifice, whether for good or evil. Compare FRAUD.

    Synonyms:
    art, artifice, blind, cheat, contrivance, craft, device, dodge, finesse, fraud, guile, imposture, invention, machination, maneuver, ruse, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, wile

    Antonyms:
    artlessness, candor, fairness, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, ingenuousness, innocence, openness, simplicity, sincerity, truth

Princeton's WordNet

  1. craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wilinessnoun

    shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

    Synonyms:
    foxiness, chicanery, workmanship, shenanigan, slyness, craftiness, wiliness, trickery, chicane, craftsmanship, trade, craft, deceitfulness, wile, guile

    Antonyms:
    unattractive, artless, maladroit

  2. cunningadjective

    crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

    Synonyms:
    guile, craftiness, foxiness, wiliness, slyness, craft

    Antonyms:
    maladroit, unattractive, artless

  3. cunning, cuteadjective

    attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness

    "a cute kid with pigtails"; "a cute little apartment"; "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby"

    Synonyms:
    tricky, dodgy, clever, knavish, ingenious, sly, cute, guileful, wily, foxy, crafty, slick, tricksy, precious

    Antonyms:
    artless, unattractive, maladroit

  4. crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wilyadjective

    marked by skill in deception

    "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"

    Synonyms:
    tricksy, slippery, silky, clever, dicey, slick, sly, cute, satiny, chancy, sleek, catchy, ingenious, chanceful, pat, crafty, silklike, wily, guileful, knavish, dodgy, silken, glib, tricky, foxy

    Antonyms:
    unattractive, maladroit, artless

  5. clever, cunning, ingeniousadjective

    showing inventiveness and skill

    "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"

    Synonyms:
    tricksy, canny, clever, cagy, slick, sly, cute, cagey, wily, apt, ingenious, knavish, crafty, guileful, dodgy, tricky, foxy

    Antonyms:
    unattractive, maladroit, artless

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cunningadjective

    Synonyms:
    crafty, artful, sly, astute, subtle, wily, shrewd, sharp, designing, intriguing, deceitful, TRICKY, crooked, diplomatic, machiavelian

  2. cunningnoun

    Synonyms:
    craft, art, shrewdness, artifice, deceit, duplicity, subtlety, intrigue

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cunningadjective

    Synonyms:
    artful, crafty, sly, wily, arch, designing, deceitful, intriguing, curious, ingenious, skillful, dexterous

  2. cunningnoun

    Synonyms:
    craft, deceit, craftiness, subtlety, wiliness

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "cunning":

    ruse, crafty, shrewd, astute, wily, clever, sly, trick, sneaky, foxy, smart, devious, subtle

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How to use cunning in a sentence?

  1. Tatyana Omelchenko:

    They don't love us here. They think we do all these bad things, that we are cunning and wicked, there is definitely an anti-Russian atmosphere. We don't think it, we feel it.

  2. Behnam Ben Taleblu:

    Once again, the critics of Trumps Iran policy are wrong. There was no WW3 after the removal of the Islamic Republics most important military official from the battlefield, four months since that game-changing strike, Irans proxy network continues to operate, but without the charismatic and cunning terrorist who coordinated their efforts. Now is the time to ramp up the pressure on this network.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    The devil may seem clever and cunning, but he is still a creature of God. Therefore, God must take all the credits, both good and bad. But that means nothing to Him.

  4. Martin Terman:

    In the Norse mythology Loki originally was on the side of the rest of the gods, helping them once or twice using a particularly nast forms of trickery. He was a cunning negotiator with a talent for technicalities. He was sort of the Norse equivalent of a lawyer, no doubt the reason they tied him down in a pit dripping acidic venom on him.

  5. Georges Bernanos:

    What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.

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Translations for cunning

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  • коварен, лукав, лукавство, сръчност, изкусен, сръчен, коварство, умениеBulgarian
  • murri, astutCatalan, Valencian
  • gewandt, geschickt, gerissen, Gerissenheit, listig, schlauGerman
  • ruzaEsperanto
  • astutoSpanish
  • رند, مکار, حیله گریPersian
  • taitava, ovela, taitavuus, oveluus, kiero, kierousFinnish
  • talentueux, rusé, sournoiserie, fourberieFrench
  • glicIrish
  • seòltaScottish Gaelic
  • dörzsölt, ravasz, ügyes, alattomos, csalafinta, cselesHungarian
  • խորամանկArmenian
  • furbizia, ingegnoso, astuto, furbo, furberiaItalian
  • עַרמוּמִיHebrew
  • 狡猾, 巧妙Japanese
  • 교활한Korean
  • callidusLatin
  • sluw, handig, list en bedrog, geslepen, doortrapt, sluwheid, kundigheid, bedreven, leepDutch
  • snedighetNorwegian
  • sprytnyPolish
  • esperto, astutoPortuguese
  • șiret, capacitate, viclenie, priceput, vicleanRomanian
  • коварство, дошлый, пронырливый, коварный, хитрость, ловкий, умелый, искусство, лукавый, хитрый, искусный, умениеRussian
  • chytrý, prefíkaný, mazanýSlovak
  • listig, slug, slughet, listSwedish
  • తరహా, కపటము, నేర్పరిTelugu
  • ฉลาดแกมโกงThai
  • khéo léoVietnamese

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