Does cunning mean clever?
Cunning means clever, in the sense of trickery. A cunning plan might involve setting traps for the innocent and pure at heart to fall into.
Are cunning and clever the same?
Clever is generally at least a neutral term, and may be positive. To describe as Clever is typically to praise. “What a clever idea little Sally had for her birthday party!” “Cunning” does mean essentially the same thing, but with an inference of possibly malicious self-interest and suggesting a zero-sum game.
What does it mean to be characterized as cunning?
Definition of cunning. (Entry 1 of 2) 1 : dexterous or crafty in the use of special resources (such as skill or knowledge) or in attaining an end a cunning plotter. 2 : characterized by wiliness and trickery cunning schemes.
What is difference between intelligent and clever?
In general, “intelligent” is closer to “intellectual, mentally capable, logical”, and “clever” is closer to “creative, ingenious, cunning”. There is certainly an overlap in the synonyms. Clever is more quick witted. This means he can think on his feet.