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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

Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
Aristotle

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

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

People don't realize what a brilliant politician Lincoln was. Looking back, we want to ascribe a level of providence to his every decision but he was a cunning and calculating politician; from the cultivation of his image as a hayseed from Illinois, to his ability to keep this country together under dire circumstances.
Henry Louis Gates

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
Alexander Pope
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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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