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1. Marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness.
2. Executed with or exhibiting ingenuity.
3. Delicately pleasing; pretty or cute: a cunning pet.
1. Skill in deception; guile.
2. Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity.

[Middle English, present participle of connen, to know, from Old English cunnan; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

cun′ning·ly adv.
cun′ning·ness n.
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A corn factor, a horse jockey, an estate agent, and a jackdaw for cunningness, say I
It is in this context of juvenile cunningness that the abrupt swerves from astuteness to simplemindedness in Jack's character arc as a boy criminal can be understood.
Thus, although resistance is the time for the Africans to put into praxis the skills of cunningness and shrewdness (misuse of the notion of violence) learnt and envied during colonization, for Kaulemu, resistance is an issue which is dangerous, subtle and ambivalent.
The above-mentioned statement is: "After watching his cunningness, I feel that Mr.
In Moro's view, Christianity represented the highest experience of moral and spiritual responsibility, an experience that was undermined in the political arena when its representatives entered into the typical strategies of compromises, cunningness and political and moral flexibility.
She is scorned for her cunningness and disruptive means of obtaining tickets to performances.
46) Original, or 'Naturall', power is that which is inherent to the individual, such as strength of body, alacrity of mind, cunningness and so forth.
to play tricks, to make show of cunningness and deceit [.
2) In the opinion of NDU students, typical modus operandi of pirates is characterized by: cunningness, aggressiveness, ruthlessness, speed, mobility, deceit, acting in a group, using the occasion, attacking the weak, feeding on foreigners, getting richer at the expense of others, concealed activities.
By your cunningness and that of Mavai Senathirajah's, both of you succeeded not in removing me from the Presidentship of the TULF but apart from ruining a Democratic Party the TULF, you have succeeded in having me and my team completely defeated at the elections.
It breeds equally tough, brutal people, who pride themselves on their cunningness and their ability to survive in the jungle-like suburbs of the city.
ka lonya le ka dikgoka (with wickedness (1/) cunningness (2) and with force (1/) control (2));