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Clever vs. Cunning

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Cleveradjective

Nimble with hands or body; skillful; adept.

Cunningadjective

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

Cleveradjective

Resourceful, sometimes to the point of cunning.

‘clever like a fox’;

Cunningadjective

(obsolete) Skillful, artful.

Cleveradjective

Smart, intelligent, or witty; mentally quick or sharp.

Cunningadjective

(obsolete) Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious.

‘cunning work’;

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Cleveradjective

Showing inventiveness or originality; witty.

Cunningadjective

Cute, appealing.

‘a cunning little boy''’;

Cleveradjective

Possessing magical abilities.

Cunningnoun

Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.

Cleveradjective

(obsolete) Fit; suitable; having propriety.

Cunningnoun

Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.

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Cleveradjective

(obsolete) Well-shaped; handsome.

Cunningnoun

The disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful.

Cleveradjective

Good-natured; obliging.

Cunningnoun

The natural wit or instincts of an animal.

‘the cunning of the fox or hare’;

Cleveradjective

Fit and healthy; free from fatigue or illness.

Cunningnoun

(obsolete) Knowledge; learning; special knowledge (sometimes implying occult or magical knowledge).

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Cleveradjective

Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.

‘Though there were many clever men in England during the latter half of the seventeenth century, there were only two great creative minds.’; ‘Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.’;

Cunningadjective

Knowing; skillful; dexterous.

‘"Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and whiteNature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on.’; ‘Esau was a cunning hunter.’;

Cleveradjective

Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever trick.

Cunningadjective

Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious; curious; as, cunning work.

‘Over them Arachne high did lift’;

Cleveradjective

Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness.

‘"T would sound more cleverTo me and to my heirs forever.’;

Cunningadjective

Crafty; sly; artful; designing; deceitful.

‘They are resolved to be cunning; let others run the hazard of being sincere.’;

Cleveradjective

Well-shaped; handsome.

Cunningadjective

Pretty or pleasing; as, a cunning little boy.

Cleveradjective

Good-natured; obliging.

Cunningnoun

Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.

‘Let my right hand forget her cunning.’; ‘A carpenter's desertStands more in cunning than in power.’;

Cleveradjective

skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends;

‘cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician’; ‘came up with a clever story’; ‘an ingenious press agent’; ‘an ingenious scheme’;

Cunningnoun

The faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose; fraudulent skill or dexterity; deceit; craft.

‘Discourage cunning in a child; cunning is the ape of wisdom.’; ‘We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom.’;

Cleveradjective

showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others;

‘a cagey lawyer’; ‘too clever to be sound’;

Cunningnoun

shrewdness in deception;

‘as cunning as a fox’;

Cleveradjective

mentally quick and resourceful;

‘an apt pupil’; ‘you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold’;

Cunningnoun

shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

Cleveradjective

showing inventiveness and skill;

‘a clever gadget’; ‘the cunning maneuvers leading to his success’; ‘an ingenious solution to the problem’;

Cunningnoun

drafty artfulness (especially in deception)

Cleveradjective

quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas; intelligent

‘how clever of him to think of this!’; ‘she was an extremely clever and studious young woman’;

Cunningadjective

attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness;

‘a cute kid with pigtails’; ‘a cute little apartment’; ‘cunning kittens’; ‘a cunning baby’;

Cleveradjective

skilled at doing or achieving something; talented

‘both Grandma and Mother were clever with their hands’; ‘he was very clever at getting what he wanted’;

Cunningadjective

marked by skill in deception;

‘cunning men often pass for wise’; ‘deep political machinations’; ‘a foxy scheme’; ‘a slick evasive answer’; ‘sly as a fox’; ‘tricky Dik’; ‘a wily old attorney’;

Cleveradjective

showing skill and originality; ingenious

‘a simple but clever idea for helping people learn computing’; ‘he taught the dog to perform some very clever tricks’;

Cunningadjective

showing inventiveness and skill;

‘a clever gadget’; ‘the cunning maneuvers leading to his success’; ‘an ingenious solution to the problem’;

Cleveradjective

sensible; well advised

‘Joe had a feeling it wasn't too clever, leaving Dolly alone’;

Cleveradjective

healthy or well

‘I was up and about by this time though still not too clever’;

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