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kuh ning

  • n  shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
  • n  crafty artfulness (especially in deception)
  • s  attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
    cunning kittens
    a cunning baby
  • s  marked by skill in deception
    cunning men often pass for wise
  • s  showing inventiveness and skill
    the cunning maneuvers leading to his success

  • Filmed in 1998, this scene from the newly released documentary Imelda offers a wonderfully revealing glimpse into the personality of the Philippines' former First Ladya cunning .
  • That's where director Zhang Yimou blended history book with graphic novel in the worldwide hit Hero, and whence he returns with the even zippier, more cunning kung fu caper .
  • The other progeny is a bit more cunning, inheriting from its parent the gift of never-ending life.
News & Articles

  • Morgan conjures the past with a poet skill
    Robert Morgan has a rare and cunning gift: he can sift through the detritus of the past, pluck objects and images from his memory (especially his childhood) and elevate them to the point where they become — in the sense that Joseph Campbell uses the word — “numinous.”
    June 12, 2013 - Smoky Mountain News
  • Mojito King Rising: Get Ready for Washington Art Association's Summer Solstice Party June 22
    A man doesn’t just get the illustrious title of Mojito King for nothing. It takes a proven sense of cunning, tenacity and all around ingenuity when faced with what others would call the most insurmountable of obstacles.
    June 12, 2013 - Litchfield County Times
  • Big personalities come into play as trial commences
    Today’s opening of the blockbuster trial of Southie gangster James “Whitey” Bulger pits tireless prosecutors against a steadfast defense team that is sure to produce fireworks all summer long. Legal experts predict jurors will be sent on a wild ride through the 83-year-old mobster’s brutal past packed with cunning and courtroom one-upmanship.
    June 12, 2013 - Boston Herald

  • Sir Alex Ferguson in International Herald Tribune
    Paul Gascoigne to me was the best player of his era in English football,Ferguson said. "He was a breath of fresh air because he played with a smile, and he played with a cunning and an aggression - apart from all the great abilities he...
  • Johnny Miller in New York Times
    He'll just play it with a lot of wisdom and cunning, and also past knowledge,Miller said. "Forget the age. You think, 'Well, he's not a favorite.' But he could contend. I don't know if he can do it for four rounds, but he's a great part of...
  • Ashley Judd in ABC News
    Judd said in a statement that she anticipated criticism from "cunning and greedy" coal companies when speaking out against mountaintop mining.

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