Synonyms for cunning
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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote
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.
GoldsmithDeserted 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.
Princeton's WordNet4.2 / 6 votes
craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wilinessnoun
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
crafty artfulness (especially in deception)
attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
"a cute kid with pigtails"; "a cute little apartment"; "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby"
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"
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
clever, cunning, ingeniousadjective
showing inventiveness and skill
"a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
Dictionary of English Synonymes4.3 / 4 votes
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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.
He broke out of jail before. He is a cunning individual, no question about it, and a vicious individual. he can make friends easy. He's a master manipulator.
He is a very cunning and dangerous individual.
Every man wishes to be wise, and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
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- изкусен, коварен, лукав, сръчност, сръчен, лукавство, коварство, умениеBulgarian
- murri, astutCatalan, Valencian
- geschickt, gewandt, schlau, Gerissenheit, listig, gerissenGerman
- مکار, حیله گری, رندPersian
- taitava, kierous, kiero, taitavuus, ovela, oveluusFinnish
- sournoiserie, fourberie, rusé, talentueuxFrench
- seòltaScottish Gaelic
- csalafinta, cseles, alattomos, ravasz, ügyes, dörzsöltHungarian
- furberia, astuto, furbo, ingegnoso, furbiziaItalian
- 狡猾, 巧妙Japanese
- geslepen, bedreven, list en bedrog, handig, doortrapt, sluwheid, leep, sluw, kundigheidDutch
- astuto, espertoPortuguese
- priceput, viclean, șiret, capacitate, viclenieRomanian
- хитрый, искусный, коварный, искусство, хитрость, пронырливый, умение, ловкий, лукавый, дошлый, коварство, умелыйRussian
- chytrý, mazaný, prefíkanýSlovak
- listig, slug, slughet, listSwedish
- కపటము, నేర్పరి, తరహాTelugu
- khéo léoVietnamese
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