Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 702. Cunning.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section III. Voluntary Action
2. Complex Voluntary Action
702. Cunning.
NOUN:CUNNING, craft; cunningness, craftiness &c. adj.; subtlety, subtilty, subtility [rare]; the cunning of the -serpent, - Old Boy [slang]; artificiality; maneuvering or manœuvring &c. v.; temporization; circumvention.
  CHICANE, chicanery; sharp practice, knavery, jugglery; concealment [See Concealment]; guile, a nigger in the woodpile [colloq.], doubling, duplicity &c. (false-hood) [See Falsehood]; foul play.
  DIPLOMACY, politics; Machiavellianism or Machiavellism; gerrymander, jobbery, back-stairs influence.
  ARTIFICE, art, device, machination; plot (plan) [See Plan]; maneuver, stratagem, dodge, artful dodge, wile; trick, trickery (deception) [See Deception]; ruse, ruse de guerre [F.]; finesse, side blow, thin end of the wedge, shift, go-by [colloq.], subterfuge, evasion; white lie (untruth) [See Untruth]; juggle, tour de force [F.]; tricks -of the trade, - upon travelers; gold brick [colloq., U. S.], imposture, deception; espièglerie [F.]; net, trap [See Deception].
  SCHEMER, trickster, keener [Western U. S.], Philadelphia lawyer [colloq., U. S.]; sly boots [humorous], fox, reynard; intriguer, intrigant; repeater [U. S. politics], floater [U. S.]; man of cunning [See Proficient]; horse trader; Indian giver [colloq., U. S.].
  Ulysses, Machiavelli or Machiavel; Scotchman, Jew, Yankee.
VERB:BE CUNNING &c. adj.; have cut one’s eyeteeth; contrive (plan) [See Plan]; live by one’s wits; maneuver or manœuvre; intrigue, gerrymander, finesse, double, temporize, stoop to conquer, reculer pour mieux sauter [F.], circumvent, steal a march upon; outdo, get the better of, snatch a thing from under one’s nose, have a nigger in the wood-pile [colloq.]; overreach [See Deception]; throw off one’s guard; surprise [See Inexpectation]; snatch a verdict; waylay, undermine, introduce the thin end of the wedge; be too much for, be too deep for, sell a gold brick to [colloq., U. S.], give the go-by to [slang]; play a deep game, play tricks with; flatter, make things pleasant; have an ax to grind.
ADJECTIVE:CUNNING, crafty, artful; skillful or skilful [See Skill]; subtle, subtile, feline, vulpine; cunning as a -fox, - serpent; deep, - laid; profound; designing, contriving; intriguing &c. v.; strategic, diplomatic, politic, Machiavellian or Machiavelian, timeserving; artificial; tricky, tricksy [rare], wily, sly, slim [S. Africa], insidious, stealthy; underhand (hidden) [See Concealment]; subdolous [obs.], double-faced, double-tongued, shifty, deceptive; deceitful [See Deception]; crooked; arch, pawky [Scot. & dial. Eng.], shrewd, acute; sharp, - as a needle; canny or cannie, astute, leery [slang], knowing, up to snuff, [slang] too clever by half, not to be caught with chaff.
ADVERB:CUNNINGLY &c. adj.; slily, on the sly [colloq.], by a side wind.
  1. Diamond cut diamond.
  2. À bis ou à blanc.
  3. Fin contre fin.
  4. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.—Hamlet



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