craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness(noun)
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, 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"
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, ingenious(adj)
showing inventiveness and skill
"a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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How to use cunning in a sentence?
He is a very cunning and dangerous individual.
Nothing is more damaging to a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
In a world full of wolves, a person with a faithful quality of dog is often ignored by the people whereas the unreliable ones remain regularly surrounded by their so-called friends who have a quality of selfish & cunning foxes.
Kenyatta has pulled the classic divide-and-rule move of the cunning president, creating as many potential alliances as possible in order to avoid empowering any one successor, this will help him to manage Gideon Moi, William Ruto and others with their own presidential ambitions.
A person's thought can not be crafty, cunning and clever unless and until there is a slot of selfishness in the soul and the clot of ego in the heart to distort or rot his/her mind.
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- коварен, лукав, лукавство, сръчност, изкусен, сръчен, коварство, умениеBulgarian
- murri, astutCatalan, Valencian
- gewandt, geschickt, gerissen, Gerissenheit, listig, schlauGerman
- رند, مکار, حیله گریPersian
- taitava, ovela, taitavuus, oveluus, kiero, kierousFinnish
- talentueux, rusé, sournoiserie, fourberieFrench
- seòltaScottish Gaelic
- dörzsölt, ravasz, ügyes, alattomos, csalafinta, cselesHungarian
- furbizia, ingegnoso, astuto, furbo, furberiaItalian
- 狡猾, 巧妙Japanese
- sluw, handig, list en bedrog, geslepen, doortrapt, sluwheid, kundigheid, bedreven, leepDutch
- 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
- khéo léoVietnamese
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