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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cunning  \Cun"ning\  (k[u^]n"n[i^]ng),  a.  [AS.  cunnan  to  know  to 
  be  able.  See  1st  {Con},  {Can}.] 
  1.  Knowing;  skillful;  dexterous.  ``A  cunning  workman.''  -- 
  Ex  xxxviii  23. 
 
  ``Tis  beauty  truly  blent,  whose  red  and  white 
  Nature's  own  sweet  and  cunning  hand  laid  on  --Shak. 
 
  Esau  was  a  cunning  hunter.  --Gen  xxv.  27. 
 
  2.  Wrought  with  or  exhibiting,  skill  or  ingenuity; 
  ingenious;  curious;  as  cunning  work 
 
  Over  them  Arachne  high  did  lift 
 
  Her  cunning  web.  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  Crafty;  sly;  artful;  designing;  deceitful. 
 
  They  are  resolved  to  be  cunning;  let  others  run  the 
  hazard  of  being  sincere.  --South. 
 
  4.  Pretty  or  pleasing;  as  a  cunning  little  boy.  [Colloq. 
  U.S.]  --Barlett. 
 
  Syn:  {Cunning},  {Artful},  {Sly},  {Wily},  {Crafty}. 
 
  Usage:  These  epithets  agree  in  expressing  an  aptitude  for 
  attaining  some  end  by  peculiar  and  secret  means 
  Cunning  is  usually  low  as  a  cunning  trick.  Artful  is 
  more  ingenious  and  inventive;  as  an  artful  device. 
  Sly  implies  a  turn  for  what  is  double  or  concealed; 
  as  sly  humor;  a  sly  evasion.  Crafty  denotes  a  talent 
  for  dexterously  deceiving;  as  a  crafty  manager.  Wily 
  describes  a  talent  for  the  use  of  stratagems;  as  a 
  wily  politician.  ``Acunning  man  often  shows  his 
  dexterity  in  simply  concealing.  An  artful  man  goes 
  further,  and  exerts  his  ingenuity  in  misleading.  A 
  crafty  man  mingles  cunning  with  art,  and  so  shapes  his 
  actions  as  to  lull  suspicions.  The  young  may  be 
  cunning,  but  the  experienced  only  can  be  crafty. 
  Slyness  is  a  vulgar  kind  of  cunning;  the  sly  man  goes 
  cautiously  and  silently  to  work  Wiliness  is  a  species 
  of  cunning  or  craft  applicable  only  to  cases  of  attack 
  and  defense.''  --Crabb. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cunning  \Cun"ning\,  n.  [AS.  cunnung  trial,  or  Icel.  kunnandi 
  knowledge.  See  {Cunning},  a.] 
  1.  Knowledge;  art;  skill;  dexterity.  [Archaic] 
 
  Let  my  right  hand  forget  her  cunning.  --Ps.  cxxxvii 
  5. 
 
  A  carpenter's  desert  Stands  more  in  cunning  than  in 
  power.  --Chapman. 
 
  2.  The  faculty  or  act  of  using  stratagem  to  accomplish  a 
  purpose;  fraudulent  skill  or  dexterity;  deceit;  craft. 
 
  Discourage  cunning  in  a  child;  cunning  is  the  ape  of 
  wisdom.  --Locke. 
 
  We  take  cunning  for  a  sinister  or  crooked  wisdom. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cunning 
  adj  1:  attractive  especially  by  means  of  smallness  or  prettiness  or 
  quaintness;  "a  cute  kid  with  pigtails";  "a  cute  little 
  apartment";  "cunning  kittens";  "a  cunning  baby"  [syn: 
  {cute}] 
  2:  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  Dick";  "a 
  wily  old  attorney"  [syn:  {crafty},  {dodgy},  {foxy},  {guileful}, 
  {knavish},  {slick},  {sly},  {tricksy},  {tricky},  {wily}] 
  3:  showing  inventiveness  and  skill;  "a  clever  gadget";  "the 
  cunning  maneuvers  leading  to  his  success"";  "an  ingenious 
  solution  to  the  problem"  [syn:  {clever},  {ingenious}] 
  n  1:  shrewdness  in  deception;  "as  cunning  as  a  fox" 
  2:  shrewdness  as  demonstrated  by  being  skilled  in  deception 
  [syn:  {craft},  {craftiness},  {foxiness},  {guile},  {slyness}, 
  {wiliness}] 
  3:  drafty  artfulness  (especially  in  deception) 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CUNNING,  n.  The  faculty  that  distinguishes  a  weak  animal  or  person 
  from  a  strong  one  It  brings  its  possessor  much  mental  satisfaction 
  and  great  material  adversity.  An  Italian  proverb  says:  "The  furrier 
  gets  the  skins  of  more  foxes  than  asses." 
 
 




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