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Definition of "cunning" []

  • Marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness. (adjective)
  • Executed with or exhibiting ingenuity. (adjective)
  • Delicately pleasing; pretty or cute: a cunning pet. (adjective)
  • Skill in deception; guile. (noun)
  • Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity. (noun)
  • Crafty and shrewd, esp in deception; sly (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Made with or showing skill or cleverness; ingenious (adjective)
  • Craftiness, esp in deceiving; slyness (noun)
  • Cleverness, skill, or ingenuity (noun)

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Use "cunning" in a sentence
  • "The heartless villain replied, with a wink: "My friends, _There is cunning in cunning_.""
  • ""Oh, the cunning, _cunning_ thing!" cried Gladys, her eyes flashing radiantly."
  • ""Well, then, I will be as plain as ever I can be, only premising that what you call the cunning of the serpent --""