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Definition of Cunning

Cunning

  1. Knowing; skillful; dexterous.
  2. Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious; curious; as, cunning work.
  3. Crafty; sly; artful; designing; deceitful.
  4. Pretty or pleasing; as, a cunning little boy.
  5. Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.
  6. The faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose; fraudulent skill or dexterity; deceit; craft.

Cunning Quotations

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Plato

Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
Giorgos Seferis

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
Iris Murdoch

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty.
Jean Genet

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
William Hazlitt
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Cunning Translations

cunning in Afrikaans is slim
cunning in Dutch is slim, doortrapt, gewiekst, listig
cunning in Finnish is viekas
cunning in German is schlau, listig
cunning in Latin is dolosus, astus
cunning in Norwegian is utspekulert
cunning in Swedish is underfundig, slug, illmarig, knepig, list, listig
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