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Definition of 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.

The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.
Pierre Charron

Cancer is such a ruthless adversary because it behaves as if it has its own fiendishly cunning agenda.
Paul Davies

It's the word 'artful'; it's such a great word, with its dark and its light side, its art and its cunning, the craft and the crafty of it - I've been preoccupied with the word 'artful' and the twin notions of 'cornucopia' and 'pickpocket' it suggests for quite some time.
Ali Smith

Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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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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