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  • adjective superlative form of cunning: most cunning.

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Examples

  • Apollo and to Artemis, our Lady of the Chase,202 to share with them the produce of spoil, he lets slip a single hound, the cunningest at scenting of the pack.

    On Hunting

  • Withal, as if to wear the time, Birdalone betook her diligently to her needlework, and fell to the cunningest of broidery; so that

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • For you are to know that trout be now scarce and whereas he was ever a fearful fish, he hath of late become so wary that none but the cunningest anglers may be even with him.

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • But under his smiling mask, bleared eyes, and wrinkled front was visible the soul of trickery, which was of the cunningest kind.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • His question to the third was, Which is the cunningest of beasts?

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • There was Mr. Frampton the oldest, and, as some say, the cunningest jockey in England; one day he lost one thousand guineas, the next he won two thousand; and so alternately he made as light of throwing away five hundred or one thousand pounds at a time as other men do of their pocket-money, and as perfectly calm, cheerful, and unconcerned when he had lost one thousand pounds as when he had won it.

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • There was Mr. Frampton the oldest, and, as some say, the cunningest jockey in England; one day he lost one thousand guineas, the next he won two thousand; and so alternately he made as light of throwing away five hundred or one thousand pounds at a time as other men do of their pocket-money, and as perfectly calm, cheerful, and unconcerned when he had lost one thousand pounds as when he had won it.

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • But the cunningest of speculators comes to grief now and then, and Foo Chou made the mistake of his life when he brought his three friends to the close red-curtained room where his property was sequestered, and permitted them to gaze through the hole he had cut in the door to display the charms of Li Choi.

    The Conversion of Ah Lew Sing

  • But the cunningest of speculators comes to grief now and then, and Foo Chou made the mistake of his life when he brought his three friends to the close red-curtained room where his property was sequestered, and permitted them to gaze through the hole he had cut in the door to display the charms of Li Choi.

    The Conversion of Ah Lew Sing

  • "That means the thing was the nastiest, cunningest, cruelest, and craziest of the lot."

    The Black Company

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