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.
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"
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How to use cunning in a sentence?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- 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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