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shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

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attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness

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marked by skill in deception

showing inventiveness and skill

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There is a cunning, which we in England call, the turning of the cat in the pan; which is, when that which a man says to another, he lays it as if another had said it to him.
It is a good point of cunning, for a man to shape the answer he would have, in his own words and propositions; for it makes the other party stick the less.
But these small wares, and petty points, of cunning, are infinite; and it were a good deed to make a list of them; for that nothing doth more hurt in a state, than that cunning men pass for wise.
With the advantage of possessing this important intelligence, the chief warily laid his plans before his fellows, and, as might have been anticipated from his eloquence and cunning, they were adopted without a dissenting voice.
Magua had now attained one great object of all his cunning and enterprise.
Presently he saw the muzzle of a rifle appear suddenly and mysteriously a few inches above the pouch, and before he could realize the cunning trick that the Arab had played upon him the sight of the weapon was adroitly hooked into the rawhide thong which formed the carrying strap of the pouch, and the latter was drawn quickly from his view into the dense foliage at the trail's side.
He saw the avidity with which Numa devoured the carcass; he noted with growing admiration the finer points of the beast, and also the cunning construction of the trap.
Should necessity require, Tarzan could face Numa in battle, although he was not so egotistical as to think that he could best a full-grown lion in mortal combat other than through accident or the utilization of the cunning of his superior man-mind.
They did not essay to enter the apartment, but scanned its every corner from where they stood, and then, when their eyes had sought its entire area, a look of fierce rage overspread the features of Matai Shang, and a cold and cunning smile touched the lips of Phaidor.
Download Tueni urges Security Council to prevent Israel's aggressive, cunning practices NNA - State Minister for Combating Corruption, Nicolas Tueni, on Thursday called on the Security Council and super power countries to prevent Israel's recurrent hostile, cunning practices, indicating that using Lebanon as a platform for firing rockets into Syria is a prohibited matter under Resolution 1701.
Robinson's autobiography is titled No Cunning Plan: The Autobiography by Tony Robinson, which according to the publishers, will be 'warm, witty and just a little bit rude'.
It is not hope, but the cunning of uncertainty, which is ready to guide us in unexpected ways.
But Claire Cunning and her colleagues never applied for a child protection order and Declan's decomposing body was found in his litter-filled cot in March 2010.
Former sheet metal worker Tony Cunning , 51, had been told by the Department of Work and Pensions his spare room qualified for a "discretionary" payment.
Jesus' instruction to his disciples to "be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" means that "Christians must welcome God into their hearts and cultivate that spiritual cunning which is able to combine simplicity with astuteness.