702. Cunning.

702. Cunning.NOUN. cunning, craft; cunningness, craftiness &c. adj.; subtlety, artificiality; maneuvering &c. v.; temporization; circumvention.

chicane, chicanery; sharp practice, knavery, jugglery; concealment &c. 528; guile, doubling, duplicity &c. (falsehood) 544; foul play.

diplomacy, politics; Machiavelism; jobbery, backstairs influence.

art, artifice; device, machination; plot &c. (plan) 626; maneuver, stratagem, dodge, sidestep, artful dodge, wile; trick, trickery &c. (deception) 545; ruse, ruse de guerre [Fr.]; finesse, side blow, thin end of the wedge, shift, go by, subterfuge, evasion; white lie &c (untruth) 546; juggle, tour de force; tricks of the trade, tricks upon travelers; espièglerie [Impish or playful behaviour; mischief] [Fr.]; net, trap &c. 545.

Ulysses, Machiavel, sly boots, fox, reynard; Scotchman; Jew, Yankee; intriguer, intrigant; floater [U.S.], Indian giver [U.S.], keener [U.S.], repeater [U.S. politics].

VERB. be cunning &c. adj.; have cut one’s eyeteeth; contrive &c (plan) 626; live by one’s wits; maneuver; intrigue, gerrymander, finesse, double, temporize, stoop to conquer, reculer pour mieux sauter [Fr.], circumvent, steal a march upon; overreach &c. 545; throw off one’s guard; surprise &c. 508; snatch a verdict; waylay, undermine, introduce the thin end of the wedge; play a deep game, play tricks with; ambiguas in vulgum spargere voces [Lat.] {Virgil“To scatter doubtful rumours among the common people.” (Adpated. See Phrases below for original context). }; flatter, make things pleasant; have an ax to grind.

dodge, sidestep, bob and weave.

ADJ. cunning, crafty, artful; skillful &c. 698; subtle, feline, vulpine; cunning as a fox, cunning as a serpent; deep, deep laid; profound; designing, contriving; intriguing &c. v.; strategic, diplomatic, politic, Machiavelian, time-serving; artificial; tricky, tricksy; wily, sly, slim, insidious, stealthy; underhand &c (hidden) 528; subdolous; deceitful &c. 545; slippery as an eel, evasive &c. 623; crooked; arch, pawky, shrewd, acute; sharp, sharp as a tack, sharp as a needle; canny, astute, leery, knowing, up to snuff, too clever by half, not to be caught with chaff.

tactful, diplomatic, politic; polite &c. 894.

ADV. cunningly &c. adj.; slyly, slily, on the sly, by a side wind.

PHR. Diamond cut diamond.

Fin contre fin. [Fr.] {Proverb“Fine against fine.” (Cunning matched against cunning). }.

Ruse contre ruse. [Fr.] {Proverb“Stratagem against stratagem.” }.

Ruse de guerre. [Fr.] {“A stratagem of war.” }.

Dolo pugnandum est, dum quis par non est armis. [Lat.] {Cornelius Nepos—Hamilear. 10. “He must fight by stratagem who cannot match his foe in arms.” }.

Spargere voces / in vulgum ambiguas. [Lat.] {Virgil—Æneid. II. 98. “To scatter doubtful reports amongst the crowd.” }.

Die Kunst darf nie ein Kunststück werden. [Ger.] {“Art should never degenerate into artifice.” }.

Si leonina pellis non satis est, assuenda vulpina. [Lat.] {Proverb“If the lion’s skin is not enough we must sew on the fox’s.” (Where force fails cunning must step in). }.

List gent über Gewalt. [Ger.] {Proverb“Cunning outwits strength.” }.

Mala merx hæc, et callida est. [Lat.] {Plautus—Cistellaria. IV. ii. 61. “She’s a bad lot and a cunning one.” }.

“What an accomplished little devil it is!” thought he. “What a splendid actress and manager! She had almost got a second supply out of me the other day; with her coaxing ways. She beats all the women I have ever seen in the course of all my well-spent life. They are babies compared to her. I am a greenhorn myself, and a fool in her hands—an old fool. She is unsurpassable in lies.” His lordship’s admiration for Becky rose immeasurably at this proof of her cleverness. Getting the money was nothing—but getting double the sum she wanted, and paying nobody—it was a magnificent stroke.

{William Makepeace Thackeray—Vanity Fair. Ch. LII. }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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