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Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands. They are master deceivers and talented manipulators who cannot be trusted to change.
George Ayittey

Meaning of "cunning" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CUNNING

Old English cunnende; related to cunnan to know (see can1), cunnian to test, experience, Old Norse kunna to know.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CUNNING

cunning  [ˈkʌnɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CUNNING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Cunning can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES CUNNING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Cunning

Cunning may refer to: ▪ Cunning, Japanese comedy group ▪ Cunning folk, a type of folk magic user...

Definition of cunning in the English dictionary

The first definition of cunning in the dictionary is crafty and shrewd, esp in deception; sly. Other definition of cunning is made with or showing skill or cleverness; ingenious. Cunning is also craftiness, esp in deceiving; slyness.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CUNNING


baserunning
ˈbeɪsˌrʌnɪŋ
drug-running
ˈdrʌɡˌrʌnɪŋ
frontrunning
ˈfrʌntˌrʌnɪŋ
funning
ˈfʌnɪŋ
gunning
ˈɡʌnɪŋ
gunrunning
ˈɡʌnˌrʌnɪŋ
long-running
ˌlɒŋˈrʌnɪŋ
punning
ˈpʌnɪŋ
rum-running
ˈrʌmˌrʌnɪŋ
running
ˈrʌnɪŋ
shunning
ˈʃʌnɪŋ
smooth-running
ˌsmuːðˈrʌnɪŋ
stunning
ˈstʌnɪŋ
underrunning
ˈʌndəˌrʌnɪŋ
wonning
ˈwʌnɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CUNNING

cundum
cundy
cuneal
cuneate
cuneately
cuneatic
cuneiform
Cuneo
cunette
cuneus
cunjevoi
cunner
cunnilinctus
cunnilingus
Cunningham
Cunninghame Graham
cunningly
cunningness
Cunobelinus
cunt

WORDS THAT END LIKE CUNNING

award-winning
banning
canning
caravanning
cleaning
dinning
family planning
fanning
free-running
inning
Manning
pinning
planning
scanning
spanning
spinning
tanning
thinning
tunning
up and running
winning

Synonyms and antonyms of cunning in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CUNNING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «cunning» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of cunning

Translation of «cunning» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CUNNING

Find out the translation of cunning to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of cunning from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «cunning» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

狡猾的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

astuto
570 millions of speakers

English

cunning
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

चालाक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ماكِر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

хитрый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

astuto
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ধূর্ত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

rusé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Licik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schlau
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

狡猾な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

교활한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Cunning
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

xảo quyệt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தந்திரமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

चतुर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kurnaz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

furbo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przebiegły
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

хитрий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

viclean
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πανούργος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

geslepe
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

listig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

listig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of cunning

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CUNNING»

The term «cunning» is quite widely used and occupies the 29.540 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CUNNING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about cunning

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10 QUOTES WITH «CUNNING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word cunning.
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Archilochus
And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain, But who can get another life again?
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Aristotle
Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
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George Ayittey
Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands. They are master deceivers and talented manipulators who cannot be trusted to change.
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Francis Beaumont
Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.
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Giraldus Cambrensis
These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime.
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Pablo Casals
Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart?
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Pierre Charron
The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.
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Lydia M. Child
None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
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Paul Davies
Cancer is such a ruthless adversary because it behaves as if it has its own fiendishly cunning agenda.
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Don DeLillo
Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CUNNING»

Discover the use of cunning in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to cunning and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Cunning
Surveying ignorance and self-deception, "Despair?" deepens the case that we ought to be cunning--and then sees what we might say in response. Throughout this beguiling book, Herzog refines our sense of what's troubling in this terrain.
Don Herzog, 2008
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Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour
Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance.
Olivia Cunning, 2010
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The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the ...
This is dialectical thinking at its best, painfully and excitingly honest."--Michael Warner, author of "The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life"
Elizabeth A. Povinelli, 2002
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The Cunning Of Unreason: Making Sense of Politics
John Dunn is the founding father of the Cambridge school, which introduced an approach to political theory that emphasizes the importance of historical context in the formation and interpretation of arguments and ideas.
John Dunn, 2008
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The Prince, The Cook and the Cunning King
. . Don't miss www.teary-deary.com - the author's own fantastic website, with detailed information about all our books, plus others, about Terry as a writer, as well as extracts, quizzes, games and activities.
Terry Deary, 2009
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Cunning: A Novel
Fiction. "Cunning" is the story of various impossible women -- Elizabeth I, Mary of Scotland, the 19th century courtesan Lola Montez, Sarah Winchester and Sarah Winnemucca, the men they use and are used by, and the fabled lands they covet ...
Laura Moriarty, 1999
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The Cunning of Reason
In this book, the author is attempting to make sense, as a philosopher, of the ideas of rationality put forward by economists, sociologists, and political theorists.
Martin Hollis, 1987
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Cunning Lateral Thinking Puzzles
Paul Sloane and Des MacHale—the wily puzzle masters who have written several lateral thinking collections—are back with more tear-your-hair-out challenges.
Paul Sloane, Des MacHale, 2006
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The Encyclopedia of Picture Framing Techniques
Choose the right molding, mount, and finish to complement any object, whether it’s a painting, drawing, photograph, or anything else worthy of a frame. “A DIY manual for making custom frames.
Robert Cunning, 2002
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The Conning, the Cunning of Being: Being a Kierkegaardian ...
The author argues that postmodernism presents the philosophical predicament of finding ourselves in the situation where theory becomes its own literature while literature becomes its own theory.
Pat Bigelow, 1990

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CUNNING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term cunning is used in the context of the following news items.
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Honda says Valentino Rossi was 'cunning' in MotoGP battle at Assen
Honda MotoGP team principal Livio Suppo believes Valentino Rossi's actions in his last-lap battle with Marc Marquez at Assen were ... «autosport.com, Jul 15»
2
Crooked Sierra Leoneans convicted of cunning poor clients in London
A Sierra Leonean in London, who falsely claimed to be a solicitor has been found guilty of providing unregulated immigration advice and ... «Sierra Leone Telegraph, Jul 15»
3
Meet the Cast of The Metropolitan Youth Theatre's 'RENT': Part 1 …
My name is Marcia Cunning. I am 18 years-old and going to VCU this fall to study theatre. I was recently in Little Butterfly Theatre Company's ... «DC Metro Theater Arts, Jul 15»
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Sam Leith: Cunning plan of robbing Auntie to pay Granny
It was reported yesterday that the Chancellor will force the BBC to pick up the £650 million cost of free TV licence fees for the over-75s — a ... «Evening Standard, Jul 15»
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Alan Clarke: Key may have a cunning plan
Alternatively, he could be more cunning than that. THE PM HAS PROBLEMS. * The Government has $64 billion in external debt . * Our banks ... «Wairarapa Times-Age, Jul 15»
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China watches Greece with dismay, patience and cunning
Last year he visited Athens, this year Brussels. The European Union is China's largest trading partner and Premier Li Keqiang comes twice a ... «Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide, Jul 15»
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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years
A cunning goldfish, which was delivered into an aquarium as food for its main inhabitant, the Arapaima, managed to avoid being eaten and ... «The Register, Jul 15»
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Restaurant Review: The Cunning Man in Burghfield Bridge
Having worked at The Cunning Man for a year between school and university I remembered its sprawling garden well but was pleasantly ... «getreading, Jun 15»
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Manchester United's transfer window: Full of arrogance and cunning
Manchester United are pursuing Sergio Ramos, have signed Memphis Depay and this is something of brilliance, an arrogant display of ... «VAVEL.com, Jun 15»
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​By luck or cunning, remaining escapee evades manhunt
The manhunt continues in Upstate New York for one elusive murderer, David Sweat. He's on his own now after border patrol agents shot and ... «CBS News, Jun 15»

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