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"Cunning" is an adjective which is often translated as "astuto", and "shrewd" is an adjective which is also often translated as "astuto". Learn more about the difference between "cunning" and "shrewd" below.
cunning(
kuhn
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (clever)
a. astuto
The cunning kitten figured out a way to get milk out of the bottle to drink.El gatito astuto halló la manera de sacar leche de la botella.
b. ingenioso
With a cunning plan like that, I'm sure you'll succeed.Con un plan ingenioso como ese, estoy seguro de que tendrás éxito.
2. (devious)
a. astuto
The cunning politician had his enemies taken to jail by planting evidence.El astuto político logró hacer encarcelar a sus enemigos sembrando pruebas falsas.
b. artero
She will act like your friend, but she's actually very cunning and dangerous. Stay away.Fingirá ser una amiga, pero en realidad es muy artera y peligrosa. Mantente alejado.
c. malicioso
Lisa heard Marjorie's cunning remark on her hair but ignored it.Lisa oyó el comentario malicioso de Marjorie sobre su pelo pero lo pasó por alto.
3. (ingenious)
a. ingenioso
He invented a cunning device that increases fuel efficiency and decreases pollution.Inventó un aparato ingenioso que aumenta la eficacia del combustible y disminuye la contaminación.
4.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(cute)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. precioso
All eyes were on the cunning little girl as she walked out on stage to sing.Todas las miradas se posaron sobre la preciosa niñita cuando apareció en el escenario para cantar.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (cleverness)
a. la astucia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Dani infiltrated the enemy leadership using her cunning.Dani se infiltró entre los líderes enemigos usando su astucia.
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shrewd
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. astuto
He was shrewd enough to know that they were hiding something.Era lo bastante astuto como para saber que ocultaban algo.
b. perspicaz
I like the author's reasoning. I think he makes some very shrewd observations.Me gusta el razonamiento del autor. Me parece que hace unos comentarios muy perspicaces.
c. inteligente
She had made some shrewd investment decisions over the years, which had paid off.A lo largo de los años, había tomado decisiones inteligentes para sus inversiones, que dieron sus frutos.
d. sagaz
His shrewd eyes quickly picked out the best lots in the auction room.Sus sagaces ojos pronto identificaron los mejores lotes de la sala de subasta.
e. hábil
In a shrewd move, he sold the shares just before the stock market crash.En una hábil maniobra, vendió las acciones justo antes del crac bursátil.
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