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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shrewd

    Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.

    acute, astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discerning, discriminating, keen, knowing, penetrating, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, sharp, subtile, subtle

    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shrewd

    sagacious, penetrating, astute, discriminating, intelligent, discerning, acute

    stolid, undiscerning, unsagacious, stupid, dull

Princeton's WordNet

  1. astute, sharp, shrewdadjective

    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

    "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"

    abrupt, shrill, astute, sharp, incisive, conniving, knifelike, crisp, keen, calculating, scheming, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acute, calculative, acuate, penetrating, piercing, penetrative

    stupid, soft

  2. calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewdadjective

    used of persons

    "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"

    scheming, calculative, designing, calculating, conniving, sharp, astute, collusive

    stupid, soft

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shrewdadjective

    artful, cunning, sly, wily, subtle, crafty, arch, astute, machiavelian

  2. shrewdadjective

    sagacious, acute, sharp, quick, keen, ingenious, discerning, intelligent, deep, profound

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shrewdadjective

    astute, sharp, cunning, crafty, wily, artful, long-headed

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "shrewd":

    astute, cunning, clever, perceptive, insightful, smart

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How to use shrewd in a sentence?

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    The shrewd may gain temporarily, but the wise gain permanently.

  2. Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf:

    By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.

  3. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.

  4. State Department:

    Don't let the' grandmother with the scarves' persona fool Jared Kushner. She is a phenomenal and adept politician, she has lasted this long in no small part due to her bureaucratic maneuvering. This isn't just about what she knows about disease, or her experience. This is a shrewd and deft political veteran.

  5. Arndt Ellinghorst:

    Marchionne is a shrewd operator and rightly investors have been asking what was the purpose of yesterday's presentation and what was Marchionne trying to achieve, in our view the answer is very simple; he is looking to force a marriage for FCA.

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  • ناصح, داهية, حاذق, نبيهArabic
  • klog, snu, fiffig, listigDanish
  • clever, gewitzt, raffiniert, pfiffig, listig, klug, gewieft, schlau, gerissenGerman
  • πανούργοςGreek
  • perspicazSpanish
  • kätevä, näpparä, nokkelaFinnish
  • habile, perspicace, roublard, avisé, astucieux, malin, sagace, futéFrench
  • glicIrish
  • seòlta, glicScottish Gaelic
  • lihaiIndonesian
  • perspicace, scaltro, sveglioItalian
  • מְמוּלָחHebrew
  • 賢明, 抜け目, 狡猾, 賢いJapanese
  • schranderDutch
  • perspicaz, sagazPortuguese
  • умелый, проницательный, практичный, знать, расчётливый, хитрый, находчивыйRussian
  • klok, fiffig, finurlig, listig, slugSwedish
  • తెలివిగలTelugu

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