Synonyms of cunning in English:

cunning


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adjective

1‘he's been very cunning’

SYNONYMS

crafty, wily, artful, guileful, devious, sly, knowing, scheming, designing, tricky, slippery, slick, manipulative, Machiavellian, deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous, Janus-faced

shrewd, astute, clever, canny, sharp, sharp-witted, skilful, ingenious, resourceful, inventive, imaginative, deft, adroit, dexterous

informal foxy, savvy, fiendish, sneaky

British informal fly

Northern English Scottish informal pawky

South African informal slim

archaic subtle

rare vulpine, carny

ANTONYMS

honest, guileless, naive


noun

1‘you have to admire his political cunning’

SYNONYMS

guile, craftiness, wiliness, artfulness, deviousness, slyness, trickery, trickiness, duplicity, deceitfulness, deceit, chicanery

shrewdness, astuteness, cleverness, canniness, sharpness, ingenuity, resourcefulness, inventiveness, imagination, deftness, adroitness, dexterity, dexterousness

wiles, ploys, schemes, stratagems, tactics, manoeuvres, subterfuges, tricks, ruses

informal foxiness

ANTONYMS

guilelessness, naivety