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Synonyms for cunning
ˈkʌn ɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness(noun)

    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. cunning(adj)

    crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

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

    Antonyms:
    maladroit, unattractive, artless

  3. cunning, cute(adj)

    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, wily(adj)

    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, ingenious(adj)

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cunning(a.)

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

  2. cunning(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cunning(a)

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

  2. cunning(n)

    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. 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.

  2. Jeremy Tillman:

    At first blush, individuals may find it reassuring that their data is being collected and processed by faceless corporations rather than their neighbor next door, however, there are two caveats to this logic, he added. First, while your neighbor may not be personally collecting your data, he may very well be the data analyst working at the company that does. In other words, there are distinct individuals within each company whose entire job is to analyze, evaluate, and interact with user data. Ten or more trackers that collect personal data were found on 21.3 percent of the sites covered by the study. CUNNING MALWARE SPREADS, GOES AFTER YOUR BANK ACCOUNT Google Analytics and Facebook Connect are some of the most prominent trackers, according to Ghostery. Google Analytics is in the top ten of the most widely used trackers based on the various services the Internet giant uses, including Google Analytics and Google Analytics Adsense. Facebook Connect is next with three. Google Analytics was found on almost half of all loaded pages at 46.4 percent, while Facebook Connect was on more than a fifth, coming in at 21.9 percent. Other companies that showed include comScore and Twitter. And Google Analytics’s not easy keeping tabs on these trackers since many are n’t installed by the website owner, according to Jeremy Tillman.

  3. Lydia Child:

    None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A person who has a nature of crafty & cunning fox gets in the same proportion the people around oneself as friends or folks with each of them talks sweet often before that guy, but behind does all backbiting or bitching about him/her

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A crafty wolf does not mind to find the support from the cunning foxes and rather enjoys only.


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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