craftiness

Definitions

  • Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
    Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n craftiness the quality of being crafty
    • n craftiness shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
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Rustic and Crafty Birds Rustic and Crafty Birds

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Craftiness Dexterity in devising and effecting a purpose; cunning; artifice; stratagem. "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n craftiness The quality or character of being crafty; artfulness; dexterity in devising and effecting a purpose; cunning; artifice; stratagem.
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Quotations

  • John Tillotson
    John Tillotson
    “The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretenses are transparent.”
  • S. Dubay
    S. Dubay
    “Craftiness is a quality in the mind and a vice in the character.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Their real names roggenfelder but they changed it, the crafty bastards. We Are Change confronted him and exposed him. He ran away like a BIG PUSSY EVIL PENGUIN. ”

Usage

In literature:

But he shook his head with a smile that only rendered his expression the more crafty.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Coyote has a crafty brain; His wits are sharp his ends to gain.
"The Adventures of Paddy Beaver" by Thornton W. Burgess
Raymond trotted up, aggressive and crafty.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
Most of the warriors he introduces are depicted as crafty, bloodthirsty, and merciless.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Such methods may be somewhat too crafty for our liking.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Her cousin's letter to her had been very crafty.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
We Papists are a crafty and deceitful folk, Father Anthony.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
His face took on a sudden and crafty change.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
The crafty courtier wanted candour, and that was absent.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
St. John Ruthven was a young man of twenty-five, tall, thin, and with a face that was a mixture of craftiness and cowardice.
"Young Captain Jack" by Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
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In poetry:

The crafty Ayesha her son would persuade,
That Azima's anger in time must decay;
She knew not the truth of that resolute maid,
And she vainly hoped much from an artful delay.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
What heeds the warrior of a hundred fights,
The storm-worn watcher through long hunting nights,
Cold, crafty, proud of woman's weak distress,
Her home-bound grief and pining loneliness?
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Here's to you, Old Hippety-Hop o' the accents,
True to the Truth's sake and crafty dissector,
You grabbed at the gold sure; had no need to pack cents,
Into your versicles.
Clear sight's elector!
"Mesmerism" by Ezra Pound
Quenched is the golden statue's ray,
The breath of heaven has blown away
What toiling earth had piled,
Scattering wise heart and crafty hand,
As breezes strew on ocean's sand
The fabrics of a child.
"Monday In Whitsun-Week" by John Keble
One day a fox, on thieving bent,
A crafty and an old one,
Most shrewdly tracked the pungent scent
That eloquently told one
That grapes were ripe and grapes were good
And likewise in the neighborhood.
"The Ambitious Fox And The Unapproachable Grapes" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Aloof, dissatisfied, plotting revolt,
Comrade of criminals, brother of slaves,
Crafty, despised, a drudge, ignorant,
With sudra face and worn brow, black, but in the depths of my heart,
proud as any;
"Chanting The Square Deific" by Walt Whitman

In news:

I like to consider myself a pretty crafty person, so when I see something that I can make myself I always give it a try.
From beautiful wreaths and Christmas tree ornaments to centerpieces for holiday gatherings, Pinterest has once again inspired us to get crafty in the spirit of the season.
The Wildcats had a strong defense and crafty quarterback Steve Needham, but their offensive line was probably the biggest star.
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your hidden ones .
SHE'S CRAFTY Carrie Redfern at the Made Local Marketplace with a cross-section of locally made gifts.
Crafty do it yourself decorating projects and party menu timeline.
A folk art staple, patchwork now adds crafty style to everything from housewares to clothing.
You probably notice Ashlee Adams is a tattooed sexbomb crafty enough to break our hearts with a pair of librarian glasses.
(Beaters, Tea Cakes from Nook & Pantry collection) BasicGrey Clear stamps: ( perk up from Coffee & Tea set) Crafty Secrets.
A crafty piece of advocacy.
You can still use them to make cute, crafty pillows .
FAIRLY CRAFTY Halloween Wrap-Up (Better Late Than Never.
Beckie Farrant blogger and the super crafty chick behind.
"Crafty Crosswords" collects 72 puzzles Jordan has created for CrosSynergy Syndicate.
The Yankee Crafty B*tch teaches you how to utilize all that fresh august corn.
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In science:

Such organizations are uncomfortable with the risk that a crafty attacker could circumvent the protections enforced by these tools.
Attacks on Local Searching Tools
His second attempt to specify a winning strategy against his program succumbed to the same problem. (It involved repeating questions multiple times.) Weintraub’s problem in answering the question points to the craftiness of his solution to the Loebner prize puzzle.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
This is accomplished in a crafty way in : the product measures on U1 ∪ U2 turn out that feel like even and odd boundaries in the infinite (∆ − 1)-ary tree, providing for an elegant translation of the results.
Inapproximability of the Partition Function for the Antiferromagnetic Ising and Hard-Core Models
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