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2 skillful with the hands

  • only the most cunning cabinetmaker could have crafted such a beautifully proportioned chest of drawers
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clever, adroit, cunning, ingenious mean having or showing practical wit or skill in contriving. clever stresses physical or mental quickness, deftness, or great aptitude.
    • a person clever with horses
adroit often implies a skillful use of expedients to achieve one's purpose in spite of difficulties.
    • an adroit negotiator
cunning implies great skill in constructing or creating.
    • a filmmaker cunning in his use of special effects
ingenious suggests the power of inventing or discovering a new way of accomplishing something.
    • an ingenious software engineer

cunning

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1 skill in achieving oneʼs ends through indirect, subtle, or underhanded means

  • the cunning with which Tom Sawyer was able to get others to whitewash the fence for him
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2 subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something

  • the unmatched cunning of the scout who led them safely through the trackless wilderness
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art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power.
    • the art of choosing the right word
skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency.
    • the skill of a glassblower
cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing.
    • a mystery plotted with great cunning
artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature.
    • believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice
craft may imply expertness in workmanship.
    • the craft of a master goldsmith


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