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Does the word "cunning" has a negative nuance? If so, could you give me some examples?


Native speaker’s answer


It does have a slight negative nuance! It means that someone is skilled in something or smart enough to deceive you. They're very "sly". Ex: The cat was cunning. It made friends with you so that it could get food. Ex: She gave a cunning smile. Who knows what she was planning to do. Ex: The principal's office was a mess! There was only one student cunning enough to get away with it. Ex: Peter was cunning enough to win the teacher's favor and then skip class.

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