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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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

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

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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
  • 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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