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cunning folk

Also known as white witches, these were medieval witches believed to practice magic for the purposes of good rather than evil.
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And certainly there is a great difference, between a cunning man, and a wise man; not only in point of honesty, but in point of ability.
The chief steward, a very stupid but cunning man who saw perfectly through the naive and intelligent count and played with him as with a toy, seeing the effect these prearranged receptions had on Pierre, pressed him still harder with proofs of the impossibility and above all the uselessness of freeing the serfs, who were quite happy as it was.
He's a very cunning man, and a similar trick had often enabled him to turn suspicion from himself.
To be thus blocked by nature, who had had all the arts and wiles of cunning man pitted against him, seemed a cruel fate, and as I staggered back into the warmth of the tunnel's end I was as near hopelessness as I ever have been.
D'Artagnan looked at Porthos with that air of wonder which a cunning man cannot help feeling at displays of crass stupidity.
Then the cover-point hitter, that cunning man, goes on to bowl slow twisters.
"We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock.
"It is, of course, possible that a cunning man might change the tires of his bicycle in order to leave unfamiliar tracks.
One tends to endorse their claim as former President Asif Ali Zardari is the most clever, ambitious and cunning man among the whole lot of current politicians.
While she is Hindostan's most famous performer of India, Firangi is an equally cunning man of the country whom Suraiyya doesn't trust at all.
Nisar is cunning man, he would lose the general elections 2018, he added.
And this book only looked at Carmarthen's past - there are loads of other great stories to be told about the county's history - the nationwide fascination with the 'fasting girl'; the bad-tempered butler who murdered his master; the Harley Street doctor who gained fame as the county's 'cunning man', mixing medicine with magic, for example."