from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The quality of being astute; astuteness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun rare Craftiness; astuteness.
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Cov (entry) is practising constantly his astucity upon, and whom he thinks that he deceives.
Lord Ash [burnham] is among many others one whom Cov (entry) is practising constantly his astucity upon, and whom he thinks that he deceives.
I do find it is all little other than a proof of toughness, which is a quality I respect, with more or less expenditure of falsity and astucity superadded, which I entirely condemn.
Toughness _plus_ astucity: -- perhaps a simple wooden mast set up in Palace-Yard, well soaped and duly presided over, might be the honester method?
Sometimes, when ascending hills, when the winded horse breathed hard from his nostrils, and heaved his flanks, the captain, left to more freedom of thought, reflected upon the prodigious genius of Aramis, a genius of astucity and intrigue, such as the Fronde and the civil war had produced but two.