Cunning

Definition of Cunning

Cun´ning   Pronunciation: kŭn´nĭng
a.1.Knowing; skillful; dexterous.
"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
- 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.
n.1.Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.
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.

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