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1. cunning

noun. ['ˈkʌnɪŋ'] shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception.

Synonyms

  • slyness
  • perspicaciousness
  • guile
  • craft
  • shrewdness
  • craftiness
  • astuteness
  • perspicacity
  • foxiness

Antonyms

  • stupid
  • unintelligent
  • displeasing
  • uninviting

Etymology

  • cunning (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Cunning

  • rerunning
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  • stunning
  • sunning
  • shunning
  • running
  • gunning
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Example sentences of the word cunning


1. Noun, singular or mass
Though a strong, athletic youth, Hermes preferred to use cunning and trickery to get his way.

2. Verb, gerund or present participle
Its high drama, calamitous love story and cunning strategies to defeat evil contain lessons for ordinary humans.

Quotes containing the word cunning


1. 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

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

3. Happy people are ignoramuses and glory is nothing else but success, and to achieve it one only has to be cunning.
- Mikhail Lermontov

2. cunning

adjective. ['ˈkʌnɪŋ'] attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness.

Synonyms

  • cute

Antonyms

  • sincere
  • ingenuous

Etymology

  • cunning (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. cunning

noun. ['ˈkʌnɪŋ'] crafty artfulness (especially in deception).

Antonyms

  • stupidity

Etymology

  • cunning (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. cunning

adjective. ['ˈkʌnɪŋ'] showing inventiveness and skill.

Synonyms

  • ingenious
  • adroit

Antonyms

  • safe
  • dull
  • roughness

Etymology

  • cunning (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. cunning

adjective. ['ˈkʌnɪŋ'] marked by skill in deception.

Synonyms

  • slick
  • sly
  • crafty
  • wily
  • tricksy
  • tricky
  • artful
  • foxy
  • knavish
  • guileful

Antonyms

  • implausible
  • nonslippery
  • easy
  • trustworthy

Etymology

  • cunning (Middle English (1100-1500))
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