Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or character of being crafty; artfulness; dexterity in devising and effecting a purpose; cunning; artifice; stratagem.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Dexterity in devising and effecting a purpose; cunning; artifice; stratagem.
- n. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
- n. the quality of being crafty
“Written on the Wind," for all its craftiness, is only a glossy soaper; it doesn't touch my heart, though it does tickle my funnybone.”
“Johanna's knitting and general craftiness is a good fit for Bramble Berry and we are thrilled to have her indie cool sensibilities in our midst.”
“Such things the apostle did not allow of, but did renounce and avoid with indignation: Not walking in craftiness, or in disguise, acting with art and cunning, but in great simplicity, and with open freedom.”
“Either Runcible knew of their efforts and quietly endorsed them—in which case he was a screeching hypocrite—or else they acted without his knowledge, in which case his craftiness was a sham and he lived in quiet ignorance.”
“As regards what he may do lawfully, a man can employ either lawful means, and such as are adapted to the end in view, which belongs to prudence; or he can use unlawful means, unsuitable to the proposed end, and this belongs to craftiness, which is exercised by fraud and guile, as shown above (Q. 55, AA. 3, seqq.).”
“But of course, this is just what we should expect from Clinton and her politics of 'craftiness'.”
“Therefore fraud does not belong to craftiness which is opposed to prudence.”
“For such vices as imprudence and its parts which are directly opposed to prudence are not less opposed thereto, than those which bear a certain resemblance to prudence, such as craftiness and vices connected with it.”
“By "craftiness," i.e. by their own arms getting the better of them.”
“With what detractors of the Celtic character would probably call "craftiness," but what we prefer to call "tact and tenderness," she determined not to ruffle the existing happy state of affairs by risking a misunderstanding with her lover, but would rather wait until, as a wife, she could bring the whole influence of her own honest nature to bear upon this weak trait in his character.”
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Off the straight and narrow; less than straight arrow.
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