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Synonyms for cunning

Noun

1. cunning, shrewdness, astuteness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness
usage: shrewdness in deception; "as cunning as a fox"
2. craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness, shrewdness, astuteness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness
usage: shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
3. cunning, artfulness
usage: drafty artfulness (especially in deception)

Adjective

1. cunning, cute, attractive (vs. unattractive)
usage: attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness; "a cute kid with pigtails"; "a cute little apartment"; "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby"
2. crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily, artful (vs. artless)
usage: marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dik"; "a wily old attorney"
3. clever, cunning, ingenious, adroit (vs. maladroit)
usage: showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
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