from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being shrewd.
  • n. An aggregation of apes. See Synonyms at flock1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being shrewd.
  • n. An invented collective name for a group of apes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being shrewd.
  • n. Sagaciousness; astuteness; sharpness: as, a man of great shrewdness and penetration.
  • n. A company or group (of apes).
  • n. Synonyms see shrewd.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)


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  • The accumulation of fortunes through foresight, unusual capacity, energy, thrift, and native honorable shrewdness is in itself no crime.


  • She's not entirely lacking in shrewdness, though, since she knows that to some extent her best shot at revising our perceptions of her is to accede to them.

    Calamity Jane

  • What others called shrewdness she, remembering his Grandfather Barclay, knew might grow into blind, cruel greed, and when she thought of his voice and his curly hair, and recalled Uncle Leander, the curly-headed, singing ne'er-do-well of her family, and then in the boy's hardening mouth and his canine jaw saw

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  • As the Devil is ordinarily by no means wanting in shrewdness, the omission might perhaps be set down to his credit on the score of charity, but for his abominable taste in matters of diabolical vertûe, as shown by his penchant for sanguinary signatures to all compacts and bonds for bad behavior made with or exacted by him, in the course of his "regular dealings" with mankind, and hence it must be considered a clear case of ignorance or oversight, that this test, compared to which there is toleration for boils even, was not applied.

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  • Although, wouldn’t that be an ironic twist if Ben did end up being the most trustworthy because the reasons for his manipulation involve a greater good, and his manipulating, conniving shrewdness is the only way for that greater good to be achieved?

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  • Nevertheless the philosopher [* Andronicus; Cf.Q. 48, Obj. 1] who calls shrewdness a part of prudence, takes it for _eustochia_, in general, hence he says: "Shrewdness is a habit whereby congruities are discovered rapidly."

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • He was uneducated, but he possessed that exact knowledge of mankind that makes leaders; and his shrewdness was the result of caution and suspicion.

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  • Shrewd beyond most men, his shrewdness was the clear, piercing vision of a clean, single heart, that knew not how to

    An Address in Commemoration of Abraham Lincoln

  • Some one has said that "sagacity, a mental quick-wittedness for meeting an emergency, a sagacity that might have been called shrewdness, had it not been for a pervading heart quality that went with it, was one of her prominent traits."

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  • He's never shown this kind of shrewdness before, and I've been inclined lately to write him off.

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