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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. shrewd

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

    stolid, undiscerning, unsagacious, stupid, dull

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 1 vote

  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 Synonymes3.5 / 2 votes

  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 Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. shrewdadjective

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database5.0 / 1 vote

  1. List of paraphrases for "shrewd":

    astute, cunning, clever, perceptive, insightful, smart

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  1. Norman Vincent Peale:

    Never say anything to hurt anyone. Moreover . . . refrain from double talk, from shrewd and canny remarks that are designed to advance our interests at someone's disadvantage. We are to turn our back upon evil, and in every way possible, do good, help people and bring blessings into their lives.

  2. Phillip Carter:

    There's a limit to what even a shrewd negotiator or professional like Lisa can do, some of these things will have to be resolved by the president and members of Congress directly.

  3. Paul McGinley:

    I think it's a shrewd move, they (the U.S.) have lost eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups. If you're a business and your profits keep going down, what you would do is step back, reassess everything. Put some new things in place.

  4. Michael Spicer:

    He had a shrewd understanding of men and power and knew how to get what he wanted from a situation.

  5. 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.

Translations for shrewd

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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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