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Definition of Cunning

Cui-bono?
Cui-bono?
  CUNNING   noun
The faculty that distinguishes a weak animal or person from a strong one.  It brings its possessor much mental satisfaction and great material adversity.  An Italian proverb says:  'The furrier gets the skins of more foxes than asses.'
 

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

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Regular definition:
CUNNING:
?k?n?? adj. & n. --adj. (cunninger, cunningest) 1 a skilled in ingenuity or deceit. b selfishly clever or crafty. 2 ingenious (a cunning device). 3 US attractive, quaint. --n. 1 craftiness; skill in deceit. 2 skill, ingenuity. °°cunningly adv. cunningness n. [ME f. ON kunnandi knowing f. kunna know: cf. CAN(1)]


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