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Definition of cunning adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(disapproving) able to get what you want in a skillful way, especially by tricking or cheating someone synonym crafty, wily a cunning liar He was as cunning as a fox.
  2. 2skillful and creative synonym ingenious It was a cunning piece of detective work.
    adverb The microphone was cunningly concealed in the bookcase.
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