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Definition 1: crafty artfulness (especially in deception) - [noun denoting attribute]

(cunning is a kind of ...) the quality of being adroit in taking unfair advantage

Definition 2: shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for cunning in the sense of this definition

(cunning is a kind of ...) intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

Definition 3: showing inventiveness and skill - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cunning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a clever gadget
  • the cunning maneuvers leading to his success
  • an ingenious solution to the problem

Synonyms for cunning in the sense of this definition

(cunning is similar to ...) quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

"an exceptionally adroit pianist" "an adroit technician" "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers" "an adroit negotiator"

Definition 4: marked by skill in deception - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cunning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cunning men often pass for wise
  • deep political machinations
  • a foxy scheme
  • a slick evasive answer
  • sly as a fox
  • tricky Dick
  • a wily old attorney

Synonyms for cunning in the sense of this definition

(cunning is similar to ...) marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

"the artful dodger" "an artful choice of metaphors"

Definition 5: attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cunning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cute kid with pigtails
  • a cute little apartment
  • cunning kittens
  • a cunning baby

Synonyms for cunning in the sense of this definition

(cunning is similar to ...) pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm

"a remarkably attractive young man" "an attractive personality" "attractive clothes" "a book with attractive illustrations"

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