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cunning

cunning Sentence Examples

  • In this world one has to be cunning and cruel.

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  • They'd been cunning by bringing Claire here to distract him.

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  • Men have told me that there is no riddle so cunning that you can not solve it.

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  • He gave a cunning smile as she tensed.

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  • They are good hunters who are wonderfully cunning and enduring.

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  • The cunning of the Normans is plain enough; so is their impatience of restraint, unless held down by a strong master.

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  • They are of middle height and dark complexion, with generally straight nose, small round skull, small sharp chin and large full eyes, which are expressive, however, rather of cunning than intelligence.

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  • His smile was cunning, the glow of lust in his eyes.

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  • He substituted cunning and corruption for violence.

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  • He substituted cunning and corruption for violence.

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  • With a madman's cunning, Makar Alexeevich eyed the Frenchman, raised his pistol, and took aim.

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  • The cunning and stratagem of the fox have been proverbial for many ages, and he has figured as a central character in fables from the earliest times, as in Aesop, down to "Uncle Remus," most notably as Reynard (Raginohardus, strong in counsel) in the great medieval beast-epic "Reynard the Fox" (q.v.).

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  • She heard what was behind his message, the cunning edge Darkyn didn't try to hide behind pretty words like Wynn did.

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  • She heard what was behind his message, the cunning edge Darkyn didn't try to hide behind pretty words like Wynn did.

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  • She had got to know the heart of the peasant - his superstitions, his suspiciousness and low cunning, no less than his shrewdness, his sturdy independence and his strong domestic attachments.

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  • Mazarin was not a Frenchman, but a citizen of the world, and always paid most attention to foreign affairs; in his letters all that could teach a diplomatist is to be found, broad general views of policy, minute details carefully elaborated, keen insight into men's characters, cunning directions when to dissimulate or when to be frank.

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  • A cunning smile crossed his face.

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  • His infernal cunning often defeated its own aims, checkmating him at the point of achievement by suggestions of duplicity or terror.

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  • Xander gave her a familiar, cunning half-smile.

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  • It is fierce and cunning, and easily overcomes all allied species with which it is brought in contact.

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  • But why, after displaying so much cunning, did he invariably betray himself the moment he came up by that loud laugh?

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  • You set up Fitzgerald, so you're obviously cunning and opportunistic.

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  • They were distinguished chiefly for their cunning and for skill in working metals.

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  • We had Helen's picture taken with a fuzzy, red-eyed little poodle, who got himself into my lady's good graces by tricks and cunning devices known only to dogs with an instinct for getting what they want.

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  • Other influences which may be traced in his writings are those of modern naturalism and of a somewhat misinterpreted Darwinism ("strength" is generally interpreted as physical endowment, but it has sometimes to be reluctantly acknowledged that the physically feeble, by their combination and cunning, prove stronger than the "strong").

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  • "Oh, what cunning things!" cried Dorothy, catching up one and petting it.

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  • Philosophers are "excessively cunning murderers of many wise saws" (v.

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  • Philosophers are "excessively cunning murderers of many wise saws" (v.

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  • "If you have any desire to address the rebellion in the underworld, you know how to summon me," Darkyn said with a cunning smile.

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  • She shivered, wondering just how cunning the small man with the warm smile was.

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  • She shivered, wondering just how cunning the small man with the warm smile was.

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  • The tales passing from mouth to mouth at different ends of the army did not even resemble what Kutuzov had said, but the sense of his words spread everywhere because what he said was not the outcome of cunning calculations, but of a feeling that lay in the commander-in-chief's soul as in that of every Russian.

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  • He sets the Normans before us as a race specially marked by cunning, despising their own inheritance in the hope of winning a greater, eager after both gain and dominion, given to imitation of all kinds, holding a certain mean between lavishness and greediness - that is, perhaps uniting, as they certainly did, these two seemingly opposite qualities.

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  • His slow, cunning smile was not what she wanted to see.

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  • They will come regularly every evening to particular trees, where the cunning sportsman lies in wait for them, and the distant orchards next the woods suffer thus not a little.

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  • Energetic, obstinate, cunning and unscrupulous, she inherited, too, her father's avarice and rapacity.

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  • Carriers could scarcely be obtained, there were no local food supplies, the rainy season was at its height, all the roads were deep mire, the bush was almost impenetrable, and the enemy were both brave and cunning, fighting behind concealed stockades.

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  • were based on fact: but it is certain that this cunning politician was so far infected with Council of Pisa.

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  • She scolded and preached a crusade, without, however, departing from the steady pursuit of her own interests in Poland, while endeavouring with transparent cunning to push Austria and Prussia into an invasion of France with all their forces.

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  • Strictly, accommodation (2) or (3) modifies, in form or in substance, the content of religious belief; reserve, from prudence or cunning, withholds part.

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  • For the future avoidance of any such scenes a cunning workman of Cornwall offered to make a table which should seat 1600 knights and more, and at which all should be equal.

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  • as soon as the cunning, energetic despot died they reappeared.

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  • In the capture of animals would be involved the pedagogic influence of animal life; the engineering embraced in taking them in large numbers; the cunning and strategy necessary to hunters so poorly armed giving rise to disguises and lures of many kinds.

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  • The cunning and cruelty which marred his character were forgotten, and his services to his church and country remembered.

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  • The cunning and cruelty which marred his character were forgotten, and his services to his church and country remembered.

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  • In the latter case its great speed, and the cunning endeavours it makes to outwit its canine pursuers, form the chief attractions of coursing.

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  • The prominent features of his character seem to have been cunning, ambition and avarice, combined with want of courage and aversion from effort.

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  • The trickery and cunning of Hermes is a Prominent theme in literature from Homer downwards, although it is very rarely recognized in official cult.

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  • The object of the story is to establish the close connexion between Hermes, the god of theft and cunning, and the three persons - Sisyphus, Odysseus, Autolycus - who are the incarnate representations of these practices.

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  • To obviate this the cunning workman devised a circular table, turning on a pivot, with seats affixed, at which the guests sat the one half in turn within, the other without, the hall "man against man."

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  • But she also speaks of the "tricks and over-reachings" practised by him, "who in great as well as in small things took a pleasure in being cleverer and more cunning than others, often when there was no advantage to be gained by it, and which was, 1 There is a vivid account in Mr Featherstonhaugh to Lord Palmerston, Havre, March 3, 1848, in The Letters of Queen Victoria (pop. ed., ii.

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  • To obviate this the cunning workman devised a circular table, turning on a pivot, with seats affixed, at which the guests sat the one half in turn within, the other without, the hall "man against man."

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  • Xander looked at her again, a flicker of something she thought might be cunning crossing his features.

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  • But no sooner was he dead than the essential weakness of an artificial state, built up by cunning and perfidious policy, with the aid of bought troops, dignified by no dynastic title, and consolidated by no sense of loyalty, became apparent.

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  • Rome, it is certain, deliberately favoured her ally's unjust claims with the view of keeping Carthage weak, and Massinissa on his part was cunning enough to retain the friendship of the Roman people by helping them with liberal supplies in their wars against Perseus of Macedon and Antiochus.

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  • Had she attempted concealment, or tried to extricate herself from her awkward position by cunning, she would have spoiled her case by acknowledging herself guilty.

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  • Hephaestus gave her a human voice, Aphrodite beauty and powers of seduction, Hermes cunning and the art of flattery.

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  • In all these stories his character is distinguished rather by wisdom and cunning than by martial prowess, and reference is very frequently made to his skill in poetry and magic. In Ynglinga Saga he is represented as reigning in Sweden, where he established laws for his people.

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  • During his reign - he died in I 155 - the Greek emperors undertook various expeditions in Asia Minor and Armenia; but the Seljuk was cunning enough to profess himself their ally and to direct them against his own enemies.

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  • During his reign - he died in I 155 - the Greek emperors undertook various expeditions in Asia Minor and Armenia; but the Seljuk was cunning enough to profess himself their ally and to direct them against his own enemies.

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  • Cunning and ambitious, he soon made his mark, and his cousin having died during his embassy, Marillac was appointed his successor.

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  • Cunning and ambitious, he soon made his mark, and his cousin having died during his embassy, Marillac was appointed his successor.

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  • My brother knows him, he's dined with him--the present Emperor--more than once in Paris, and tells me he never met a more cunning or subtle diplomatist--you know, a combination of French adroitness and Italian play-acting!

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  • With a woman's involuntary loving cunning she, who till then had not shown any alarm, said that she would die of fright if they did not leave that very night.

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  • Indeed, he gloried in the inherent and divine unreasonableness of Christianity, and brutally denounced reason as a cunning fool, " a pretty harlot."

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  • A deal of study has been devoted to the cunning Tubal Cains, the surprising productions of whose handiwork have been recovered in the art provinces of Mexico and the Cordilleras, especially in Chiriqui, between Costa Rica and Colombia.

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  • And as it always happens in contests of cunning that a stupid person gets the better of cleverer ones, Helene--having realized that the main object of all these words and all this trouble was, after converting her to Catholicism, to obtain money from her for Jesuit institutions (as to which she received indications)-before parting with her money insisted that the various operations necessary to free her from her husband should be performed.

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  • A hundred tales, for the most part probably mythical, are told of his powers and cunning during the years he spent among the mountains as a brigand leader.

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  • The most cunning man could not have crept into her confidence more successfully, evoking memories of the best times of her youth and showing sympathy with them.

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  • His courage was mingled with a mean sort of cunning, and his ambition loved the outward trappings of power as well as its reality; yet he never swerved from his.

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  • With the stragglers who remained, he held a stronghold against the Romans by dint of his native cunning, and finally, when the place was taken, persuaded forty men, who shared his hiding-place, to kill one another in turn rather than commit suicide.

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  • In this question he saw subtle cunning, as men of his type see cunning in everything, so he frowned and did not answer immediately.

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  • And for some reason he went to kill Africans, and killed them so well and was so cunning and wise that when he returned to France he ordered everybody to obey him, and they all obeyed him.

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  • Sometimes wit and cunning is necessary to figure out how to complete these levels.

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  • His dark gaze was steady, cunning.

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  • Darkyn's smile was cunning.

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  • You got it, he said, his look turning cunning.

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  • While the Holy Land was thus at peace, crusaders were also being drawn elsewhere by the needs of the Latin empire of Constantinople, or the attractions of the Albigensian Crusade.2 But Innocent could never consent to forget Jerusalem, as long as his right hand retained its cunning.

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  • Yet both Bethlen and Rakoczy owed far more to favourable circumstances than to their own cunning.

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  • The savage attributes to animals the same ideas, the same mental processes as himself, and at the same time vastly greater power and cunning.

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  • Powers of reasoning are not denied to animals nor even speech; the silence of the brute creation may be put down to their superior cunning.

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  • The second part of the story concerns VOlundr, lord of the elves, the cunning smith, who, after learning his art from Mime, then from the dwarfs, came to the court of King NIN19r, and there defeated in fight the smith Amilias.

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  • Thus the cunning of Elizabeth and Cecil had its reward.

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  • A certain amount of blood is of course indispensable for hounds, but it should never be forgotten that a fox cub of seven or eight months old, though tolerably cunning, is not so very strong; the huntsman should not therefore, be over-eager in bringing to hand every cub he can find.

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  • Gaiseric was a cruel and cunning man, possessing great military talents and superior mental gifts.

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  • Throughout the second period of the Omayyads, representatives of this family were among their most dangerous opponents, partly by the skill with which they undermined the reputation of the reigning princes by accusations against their orthodoxy, their moral character and their administration in general, and partly by their cunning manipulation of internecine jealousies among the Arabic and non-Arabic subjects of the empire.

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  • Goethe's dramas, on the other hand, have not, in the eyes of his nation, succeeded in holding their own beside Schiller's; but the reason is rather because Goethe, from what might be called a wilful obstinacy, refused to be bound by the conventions of the theatre, than because he was deficient in the cunning of the dramatist.

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  • His eyes were keen and piercing, but a long hooked nose lent grotesqueness to a face marked with cunning rather than with dignity.

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  • Heracles, whom Zeus had originally intended to be ruler of Argos, Lacedaemon and Messenian Pylos, had been supplanted by the cunning of Hera, and his intended possessions had fallen into the hands of Eurystheus, king of Mycenae.

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  • Whereas everything, perhaps, has some share of indwelling potency, whatever is sacred manifests this potency in an extraordinary degree, as typically the wonder-working leader of society, whose mana consists in his cunning and luck together.

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  • We hear from Adam of Bremen that Anund was young in years but old in wisdom and cunning; he was called Kolbrannea because he had the houses of evildoers burnt.

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  • This person had much ability and no little cunning.

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  • cunning, clever, adroit.

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  • The chief evidence cited in support of the theory that .Wykeham owed his advancement to his skill as an architect is the remark in a tract Why Poor Priests have no benefices that "Lords will not present a clerk able of cunning of God's law and good life and holy ensample ...

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  • But as the Maccabees had now in the name of the Syrians cleared the Syrians out of Palestine, Tryphon's jealousy was aroused, and he resolved to be rid of Jonathan, who, with all his cunning, walked into a trap at Ptolemais, was made prisoner and ultimately slain (143).

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  • He gives fullest scope to the ungenerous view that a vast proportion of professedly revealed truth was ingeniously palmed off by the more cunning on the more ignorant for the convenience of keeping the latter under.

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  • It was assumed by deists in debating against the orthodox, that the flood of error in the hostile camp was due to the benevolent cunning or deliberate self-seeking of unscrupulous men, supported by the ignorant with the obstinacy of prejudice.

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  • In India these animals are hunted with foxhounds or greyhounds, and from their cunning and pluck afford excellent sport.

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  • cruel and cunning.

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  • But in the great Sala dell' Asse (or della Torre) abundant traces of Leonardo's own hand were found, in the shape of a decoration of intricate geometrical knot or plait work .combined with natural leafage; the abstract puzzle-pattern, of a kind in which Leonardo took peculiar pleasure, intermingling in cunning play and contrast with a pattern of living boughs and leaves exquisitely drawn in free and vital growth.

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  • To put an end to the perpetual civil strife the Paduans elected him their lord, and he seems to have governed well, leaving the city at his death (1324) to his nephew Marsiglio, a man famed for his cunning.

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  • The history of Bertoldo, which, though of Italian origin, reached Rumania through a Greek translation, belongs to the same cycle of rustic wisdom and cunning, and is the last representative of an old series of legends clustering round the figures of Solomon and Ashmodai, or Solomon and Markolph.

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  • The cunning and reserve which he exhibited on occasion were probably due to the instructions or influence of Tiberius (Annals, iii.

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  • But he was cunning, strong-handed and energetic; clearly the Red King would be an undesirable master to those who loved feudal anarchy.

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  • But he fought through his troubles, conquered Cumberland from the Scots (1092), in dealing with his domestic enemies used cunning where force failed, and generally got his will in the end.

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  • Though cunning, he was destitute alike of foresight and of self-control; he could never discern the way in which his conduct would be judged by other men, because he lacked even the rudiments of a conscience.

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  • It proved impossible to carry out the scheme; the laborers were too many and too cunning to be crushed.

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  • From 1409 onward he ceased to be a public danger to the realm, yet so great was his cunning and activity that he was never caught, and died still maintaining a hopeless rebellion so late as 1416.

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  • virtue and cunning none like him among the lords of the temporalty in science and moral virtue And this is no time-serving praise of a patron, but disinterested tribute to a man who had perished long before on the scaffold.

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  • The position bore a curious resemblance to that of the early years of Henry IV., a king who, like Henry VII~, had to vindicate a doubtful elective title to the throne by miracles of cunning and activity.

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  • Yet, however far he might go on the road to tyranny, Henry had sufficient cunning, versatility and power of cool reflection, to know precisely when he had reached the edge of the impossible.

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  • But Henrys doubts had been marvellously stimulated by the fact that he had become enamoured of another ladythe beautiful, ambitious and cunning Anne Boleyn, a niece of the duke of Norfolk, who had no intention of becoming merely the kings mistress, but aspired to be his consort.

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  • " John Locke lives a very cunning unintelligible life here," Prideaux reported from Oxford in 1682.

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  • superior cunning and all the qualities necessary for success in the struggle for existence, to which the ethics of evolution necessarily tend.

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  • Its hero Nial, type of the good lawyer, is contrasted with its villain Mord, the ensample of cunning, chicane, and legal wrong doing; and a great part of the saga is taken up with the three cases and suits of the divorce, the death of Hoskuld and the burning of Nial, which are given with great minuteness.

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  • The Ligurians, who exhibited the hard cunning characteristic of the Genoese Riviera, must have been descendants of that Indo-European vanguard who occupied all northern Italy and the centre and south-east of France, who in the 7th century B.C. received the Phocaean immigrants at Marseilles, and who at a much later period were encountered by Hannibal during his Ligiwians.

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  • Now, however, in order to obtain substantial help from taxes instead of mere driblets, the Valois needed a stronger lever than cunning or force.

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  • He had retained all the habits of a country gentleman of his native Beam, careless, familiar, boastful, thrifty, cunning, combined since his sojourn at the court of the Valois with a taint of corruption.

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  • A man of action and not of cunning shifts, he succumbed on the 10th of July to the blows of his own government, which had passed from his hands into those of Robespierre, his ambitious and crafty rival.

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  • The Iroquois were assuming a threatening attitude towards the inhabitants, and Frontenac's successor, La Barre, was quite incapable of leading an army against such cunning foes.

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  • But, although possessed ~ some sardonic humour and a large measure of cunning, he was base, and had no real capacity.

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  • She was supreme in magical power, cunning and knowledge.

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  • The psychic tipster is no longer in action, one way or another thanks to my cunning triumph!

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  • While I was petrified beyond anything I could imagine I knew Molly would die ignominiously without all the cunning I could muster.

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  • Talon's reckless, but he's cunning and he's suddenly playing very smart.

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  • He gave a cunning smile as she tensed.

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  • "I love clean-up duty," he said with a cunning smile.

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  • A cunning smile crossed his face.

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  • The cunning look on Darkyn's face did nothing to reassure her.

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  • His dark gaze was steady, cunning.

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  • His slow, cunning smile was not what she wanted to see.

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  • You set up Fitzgerald, so you're obviously cunning and opportunistic.

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  • "If you have any desire to address the rebellion in the underworld, you know how to summon me," Darkyn said with a cunning smile.

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  • Gabe shifted in time to see the portal close behind the half-demon, Rhyn, whose muscular form, crackling aura and cunning, liquid silver eyes sent most people running the opposite direction.

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  • Darkyn's smile was cunning.

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  • Rhyn asked with a cunning smile.

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  • They'd been cunning by bringing Claire here to distract him.

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  • Darian felt sick, understanding just how cunning the Watchers had been in their pursuit of destroying their enemies, the Others.

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  • Xander looked at her again, a flicker of something she thought might be cunning crossing his features.

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  • You got it, he said, his look turning cunning.

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  • Xander's cunning amusement was apparent on his heavy features and in the half-smile punctuated by bloodied fangs.

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  • Jule had zoomed it in on Xander, the look of predatory cunning – and her blood on his incisors – irritating her as much as it turned her on.

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  • His smile was cunning, the glow of lust in his eyes.

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  • Xander gave her a familiar, cunning half-smile.

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  • Furthermore, the realignment of the Blackadder character to a figure of cunning guile was also a decision made by Elton.

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  • Genesis tells how Jacob gained ascendancy over his brother, Esau, by means of his cunning.

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  • Next, she possesses all the traditional skills from rope bondage to cunning delivery of CP.

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  • It was the first recorded instance of cunning defeating brawn, but the battle has been raging ever since.

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  • This is such a cunning little item, it is a cigarette dispenser masquerading as a perpetual calender!

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  • A tour-de-force of montage illustrating a vast, cunning chronicle worthy of Nabokov.

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  • It's a cunning story structure that works brilliantly even when it gets a bit corny.

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  • A cunning man (as cunning as a fox from Oxford University ).

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  • cunning ploy to fool would-be invaders.

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  • cunning ruse to save a bit of time!

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  • cunning craftiness of those who lie in wait to deceive.

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  • cunning disguise ` .

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  • cunning witch, how I adore you!

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  • cunning stunt at Tate Britain on Friday.

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  • The creature has behaved in an extremely cunning manner, yet I am unsure whether this is a sign of actual intelligence.

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  • The bridge was rebuilt, and it was rebuilt in a rather cunning way.

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  • He soon became a very cunning person with a cut throat business mind.

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  • Unfortunately, Sheridan seems to be too cunning for his own good.

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  • Baldrick: Well, mine's quite cunning, My Lord.

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  • Then here's to our host, ever anxious to please, And here's to his brewers so cunning!

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  • cunning to get the giant in a vulnerable position.

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  • cunning to win this game.

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  • cunning enough to outwit - among others - the Terrible Trivium?

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  • The simple becomes cunning, The good becomes perverse.

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  • To think that some people say that trout have no cunning!

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  • We all got extremely cunning at this and even when the day's work was over you could not relax.

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  • cunning of reason ' comes from Hegel.

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  • There are cunning devils out there that are constantly coming up with new ways to invade your privacy.

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  • We haue been guided by thee hitherto, And of thy Cunning had no diffidence, One sudden Foyle shall neuer breed distrust Bastard.

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  • As ninja were not only assassins but also spies they had to adopt cunning disguises so that they could pass into enemy territory unnoticed.

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  • Ubiquitous and cunning, he fed captain Simon Frost for a try that embodied the team ethic that the Blues ' were now demonstrating.

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  • cunning folk were more likely to be those purporting to carry out beneficial practices, love magic, or locating lost items.

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  • She tries to reassure him but the threat arrives in very real form in the person of a more than cunning fox.

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  • These men were notorious freebooters, famed for their cunning and bravery, and often for their generosity.

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  • In a cunning move by Sony to keep the price high only value packs are to appear.

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  • huntsmanene features huntsmen on horse back, hounds and the cunning fox escaping.

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  • iniquity other iniquities you may find the cunning of the maniac; but his acts of blood have almost the simplicity of sanity.

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  • Why, the very seriousness was only all the more provocative of laughter: a more cunning way of making merriment.

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  • But the landlady had the pertinacity and also the cunning of her sex.

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  • The simple becomes cunning, The good becomes perverse.

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  • Perhaps it was a cunning ploy to fool would-be invaders.

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  • plutocracy tradesmen become cunning enough to be more fastidious than their customers.

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  • A trout that can survive the rigors of a trout stream, especially a Brown Trout, is a very cunning animal indeed.

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  • We hit on a cunning ruse to save a bit of time!

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  • In the news today for a cunning stunt at Tate Britain on Friday.

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  • Those weaker or less cunning than himself he could either disregard or render subservient.

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  • He is frequently belligerent, defiant, rebellious and cunning, often unscrupulous and always irrepressible.

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  • utmost of care & cunning.

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  • wily, fox is cunning Always hunted, ever running.

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  • Oh comfrey the comforting, you cunning witch, how I adore you!

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  • She had got to know the heart of the peasant - his superstitions, his suspiciousness and low cunning, no less than his shrewdness, his sturdy independence and his strong domestic attachments.

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  • But no sooner was he dead than the essential weakness of an artificial state, built up by cunning and perfidious policy, with the aid of bought troops, dignified by no dynastic title, and consolidated by no sense of loyalty, became apparent.

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  • His infernal cunning often defeated its own aims, checkmating him at the point of achievement by suggestions of duplicity or terror.

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  • They are of middle height and dark complexion, with generally straight nose, small round skull, small sharp chin and large full eyes, which are expressive, however, rather of cunning than intelligence.

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  • He sets the Normans before us as a race specially marked by cunning, despising their own inheritance in the hope of winning a greater, eager after both gain and dominion, given to imitation of all kinds, holding a certain mean between lavishness and greediness - that is, perhaps uniting, as they certainly did, these two seemingly opposite qualities.

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  • The cunning of the Normans is plain enough; so is their impatience of restraint, unless held down by a strong master.

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  • To reach the Baltic he had to overcome the resistance, not only of the Lithuanians and the Poles, but also of the Teutonic and Livonian military orders, the Swedes and the Danes, who all had possessions in the intervening territory and who all objected to the barbarous Muscovites, already sufficiently formidable, strengthening themselves by direct foreign trade with western Europe and especially by the importation of arms and cunning with foreign artificers.

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  • as soon as the cunning, energetic despot died they reappeared.

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  • Oedipus is also the subject of an anonymous medieval romance (15th century), Le Roman d'Odipus, fils de Layus, in which the sphinx is depicted as a cunning and ferocious giant.

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  • While the Holy Land was thus at peace, crusaders were also being drawn elsewhere by the needs of the Latin empire of Constantinople, or the attractions of the Albigensian Crusade.2 But Innocent could never consent to forget Jerusalem, as long as his right hand retained its cunning.

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  • They are good hunters and wonderfully cunning and enduring.

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  • They have a full bell-like cry and great cunning and perseverance: in the tracking of hares and rabbits.

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  • Other influences which may be traced in his writings are those of modern naturalism and of a somewhat misinterpreted Darwinism ("strength" is generally interpreted as physical endowment, but it has sometimes to be reluctantly acknowledged that the physically feeble, by their combination and cunning, prove stronger than the "strong").

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  • The cunning and stratagem of the fox have been proverbial for many ages, and he has figured as a central character in fables from the earliest times, as in Aesop, down to "Uncle Remus," most notably as Reynard (Raginohardus, strong in counsel) in the great medieval beast-epic "Reynard the Fox" (q.v.).

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  • Yet both Bethlen and Rakoczy owed far more to favourable circumstances than to their own cunning.

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  • His courage was mingled with a mean sort of cunning, and his ambition loved the outward trappings of power as well as its reality; yet he never swerved from his.

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  • With the stragglers who remained, he held a stronghold against the Romans by dint of his native cunning, and finally, when the place was taken, persuaded forty men, who shared his hiding-place, to kill one another in turn rather than commit suicide.

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  • But when every allowance is made for the imperfections or the cunning of the workman, one need only examine any collection of antiquities to see that there was a distinct appreciation of foreign physical types (not so much for personal portraiture), costumes, toilet, armour and decoration, often markedly different from native forms, and that a single scene (e.g.

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  • Energetic, obstinate, cunning and unscrupulous, she inherited, too, her father's avarice and rapacity.

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  • It is not strictly confined to warlike stratagems, but includes also examples of wisdom, courage and cunning drawn from civil and political life.

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  • It was to this that Massinissa owed his fame and success; he was a barbarian at heart, but he had a varnish of culture, and to this he added the craft and cunning in which Carthaginian statesmen were supposed to excel.

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  • Rome, it is certain, deliberately favoured her ally's unjust claims with the view of keeping Carthage weak, and Massinissa on his part was cunning enough to retain the friendship of the Roman people by helping them with liberal supplies in their wars against Perseus of Macedon and Antiochus.

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  • Indeed, he gloried in the inherent and divine unreasonableness of Christianity, and brutally denounced reason as a cunning fool, " a pretty harlot."

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  • A deal of study has been devoted to the cunning Tubal Cains, the surprising productions of whose handiwork have been recovered in the art provinces of Mexico and the Cordilleras, especially in Chiriqui, between Costa Rica and Colombia.

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  • In the capture of animals would be involved the pedagogic influence of animal life; the engineering embraced in taking them in large numbers; the cunning and strategy necessary to hunters so poorly armed giving rise to disguises and lures of many kinds.

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  • The trickery and cunning of Hermes is a Prominent theme in literature from Homer downwards, although it is very rarely recognized in official cult.

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  • Hephaestus gave her a human voice, Aphrodite beauty and powers of seduction, Hermes cunning and the art of flattery.

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  • In all these stories his character is distinguished rather by wisdom and cunning than by martial prowess, and reference is very frequently made to his skill in poetry and magic. In Ynglinga Saga he is represented as reigning in Sweden, where he established laws for his people.

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  • The object of the story is to establish the close connexion between Hermes, the god of theft and cunning, and the three persons - Sisyphus, Odysseus, Autolycus - who are the incarnate representations of these practices.

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  • For the future avoidance of any such scenes a cunning workman of Cornwall offered to make a table which should seat 1600 knights and more, and at which all should be equal.

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  • The savage attributes to animals the same ideas, the same mental processes as himself, and at the same time vastly greater power and cunning.

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  • Powers of reasoning are not denied to animals nor even speech; the silence of the brute creation may be put down to their superior cunning.

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  • The prominent features of his character seem to have been cunning, ambition and avarice, combined with want of courage and aversion from effort.

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  • Mazarin was not a Frenchman, but a citizen of the world, and always paid most attention to foreign affairs; in his letters all that could teach a diplomatist is to be found, broad general views of policy, minute details carefully elaborated, keen insight into men's characters, cunning directions when to dissimulate or when to be frank.

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  • In the latter case its great speed, and the cunning endeavours it makes to outwit its canine pursuers, form the chief attractions of coursing.

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  • They were distinguished chiefly for their cunning and for skill in working metals.

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  • were based on fact: but it is certain that this cunning politician was so far infected with Council of Pisa.

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  • It is fierce and cunning, and easily overcomes all allied species with which it is brought in contact.

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  • She scolded and preached a crusade, without, however, departing from the steady pursuit of her own interests in Poland, while endeavouring with transparent cunning to push Austria and Prussia into an invasion of France with all their forces.

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  • Strictly, accommodation (2) or (3) modifies, in form or in substance, the content of religious belief; reserve, from prudence or cunning, withholds part.

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  • Carriers could scarcely be obtained, there were no local food supplies, the rainy season was at its height, all the roads were deep mire, the bush was almost impenetrable, and the enemy were both brave and cunning, fighting behind concealed stockades.

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  • But she also speaks of the "tricks and over-reachings" practised by him, "who in great as well as in small things took a pleasure in being cleverer and more cunning than others, often when there was no advantage to be gained by it, and which was, 1 There is a vivid account in Mr Featherstonhaugh to Lord Palmerston, Havre, March 3, 1848, in The Letters of Queen Victoria (pop. ed., ii.

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  • A hundred tales, for the most part probably mythical, are told of his powers and cunning during the years he spent among the mountains as a brigand leader.

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  • The second part of the story concerns VOlundr, lord of the elves, the cunning smith, who, after learning his art from Mime, then from the dwarfs, came to the court of King NIN19r, and there defeated in fight the smith Amilias.

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  • Thus the cunning of Elizabeth and Cecil had its reward.

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  • A certain amount of blood is of course indispensable for hounds, but it should never be forgotten that a fox cub of seven or eight months old, though tolerably cunning, is not so very strong; the huntsman should not therefore, be over-eager in bringing to hand every cub he can find.

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  • Gaiseric was a cruel and cunning man, possessing great military talents and superior mental gifts.

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  • Throughout the second period of the Omayyads, representatives of this family were among their most dangerous opponents, partly by the skill with which they undermined the reputation of the reigning princes by accusations against their orthodoxy, their moral character and their administration in general, and partly by their cunning manipulation of internecine jealousies among the Arabic and non-Arabic subjects of the empire.

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  • Goethe's dramas, on the other hand, have not, in the eyes of his nation, succeeded in holding their own beside Schiller's; but the reason is rather because Goethe, from what might be called a wilful obstinacy, refused to be bound by the conventions of the theatre, than because he was deficient in the cunning of the dramatist.

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  • His eyes were keen and piercing, but a long hooked nose lent grotesqueness to a face marked with cunning rather than with dignity.

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  • Heracles, whom Zeus had originally intended to be ruler of Argos, Lacedaemon and Messenian Pylos, had been supplanted by the cunning of Hera, and his intended possessions had fallen into the hands of Eurystheus, king of Mycenae.

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  • Whereas everything, perhaps, has some share of indwelling potency, whatever is sacred manifests this potency in an extraordinary degree, as typically the wonder-working leader of society, whose mana consists in his cunning and luck together.

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  • We hear from Adam of Bremen that Anund was young in years but old in wisdom and cunning; he was called Kolbrannea because he had the houses of evildoers burnt.

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  • This person had much ability and no little cunning.

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  • cunning, clever, adroit.

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  • He gives fullest scope to the ungenerous view that a vast proportion of professedly revealed truth was ingeniously palmed off by the more cunning on the more ignorant for the convenience of keeping the latter under.

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  • It was assumed by deists in debating against the orthodox, that the flood of error in the hostile camp was due to the benevolent cunning or deliberate self-seeking of unscrupulous men, supported by the ignorant with the obstinacy of prejudice.

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  • In India these animals are hunted with foxhounds or greyhounds, and from their cunning and pluck afford excellent sport.

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  • cruel and cunning.

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  • But in the great Sala dell' Asse (or della Torre) abundant traces of Leonardo's own hand were found, in the shape of a decoration of intricate geometrical knot or plait work .combined with natural leafage; the abstract puzzle-pattern, of a kind in which Leonardo took peculiar pleasure, intermingling in cunning play and contrast with a pattern of living boughs and leaves exquisitely drawn in free and vital growth.

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  • To put an end to the perpetual civil strife the Paduans elected him their lord, and he seems to have governed well, leaving the city at his death (1324) to his nephew Marsiglio, a man famed for his cunning.

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  • The history of Bertoldo, which, though of Italian origin, reached Rumania through a Greek translation, belongs to the same cycle of rustic wisdom and cunning, and is the last representative of an old series of legends clustering round the figures of Solomon and Ashmodai, or Solomon and Markolph.

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  • The cunning and reserve which he exhibited on occasion were probably due to the instructions or influence of Tiberius (Annals, iii.

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  • But he was cunning, strong-handed and energetic; clearly the Red King would be an undesirable master to those who loved feudal anarchy.

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  • But he fought through his troubles, conquered Cumberland from the Scots (1092), in dealing with his domestic enemies used cunning where force failed, and generally got his will in the end.

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  • Though cunning, he was destitute alike of foresight and of self-control; he could never discern the way in which his conduct would be judged by other men, because he lacked even the rudiments of a conscience.

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  • It proved impossible to carry out the scheme; the laborers were too many and too cunning to be crushed.

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  • From 1409 onward he ceased to be a public danger to the realm, yet so great was his cunning and activity that he was never caught, and died still maintaining a hopeless rebellion so late as 1416.

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  • virtue and cunning none like him among the lords of the temporalty in science and moral virtue And this is no time-serving praise of a patron, but disinterested tribute to a man who had perished long before on the scaffold.

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  • The position bore a curious resemblance to that of the early years of Henry IV., a king who, like Henry VII~, had to vindicate a doubtful elective title to the throne by miracles of cunning and activity.

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  • Yet, however far he might go on the road to tyranny, Henry had sufficient cunning, versatility and power of cool reflection, to know precisely when he had reached the edge of the impossible.

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  • But Henrys doubts had been marvellously stimulated by the fact that he had become enamoured of another ladythe beautiful, ambitious and cunning Anne Boleyn, a niece of the duke of Norfolk, who had no intention of becoming merely the kings mistress, but aspired to be his consort.

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  • Next year the great tragic poem of Torquemada came forth to bear witness that the hand which wrote Ruy Blas had lost nothing of its godlike power and its matchless cunning, if the author of Le Roi s'amuse had ceased to care much about coherence of construction from the theatrical point of view as compared with the perfection of a tragedy designed for the devotion of students not unworthy or incapable of the study; that his command of pity and terror, his powers of intuition and invention, had never been more absolute and more sublime; and that his infinite and illimitable charity of imagination could transfigure even the most monstrous historic representative of Christian or Catholic diabolatry into the likeness of a terribly benevolent and a tragically magnificent monomaniac. Two years later Victor Hugo published the third and concluding series of La Legende des siecles.

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  • " John Locke lives a very cunning unintelligible life here," Prideaux reported from Oxford in 1682.

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  • superior cunning and all the qualities necessary for success in the struggle for existence, to which the ethics of evolution necessarily tend.

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  • Its hero Nial, type of the good lawyer, is contrasted with its villain Mord, the ensample of cunning, chicane, and legal wrong doing; and a great part of the saga is taken up with the three cases and suits of the divorce, the death of Hoskuld and the burning of Nial, which are given with great minuteness.

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  • The Ligurians, who exhibited the hard cunning characteristic of the Genoese Riviera, must have been descendants of that Indo-European vanguard who occupied all northern Italy and the centre and south-east of France, who in the 7th century B.C. received the Phocaean immigrants at Marseilles, and who at a much later period were encountered by Hannibal during his Ligiwians.

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  • Now, however, in order to obtain substantial help from taxes instead of mere driblets, the Valois needed a stronger lever than cunning or force.

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  • He had retained all the habits of a country gentleman of his native Beam, careless, familiar, boastful, thrifty, cunning, combined since his sojourn at the court of the Valois with a taint of corruption.

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  • A man of action and not of cunning shifts, he succumbed on the 10th of July to the blows of his own government, which had passed from his hands into those of Robespierre, his ambitious and crafty rival.

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  • The Iroquois were assuming a threatening attitude towards the inhabitants, and Frontenac's successor, La Barre, was quite incapable of leading an army against such cunning foes.

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  • But, although possessed ~ some sardonic humour and a large measure of cunning, he was base, and had no real capacity.

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  • She was supreme in magical power, cunning and knowledge.

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  • This morning she planted her doll and showed me that she expected her to grow as tall as I. You must see that she is very bright, but you have no idea how cunning she is.

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  • And in a history recently written by order of the Highest Authorities it is said that Kutuzov was a cunning court liar, frightened of the name of Napoleon, and that by his blunders at Krasnoe and the Berezina he deprived the Russian army of the glory of complete victory over the French. *

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  • A trout that can survive the rigors of a trout stream, especially a Brown Trout, is a very cunning animal indeed.

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  • Edmund Blackadder, a cunning, scheming, devious man, is the center of the show.

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  • Those weaker or less cunning than himself he could either disregard or render subservient.

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  • He is frequently belligerent, defiant, rebellious and cunning, often unscrupulous and always irrepressible.

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  • Any actual confrontation must be approached with the utmost of care & cunning.

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  • Fox is wily, fox is cunning Always hunted, ever running.

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  • Justin used cunning methods to beguile his twin sister into doing his homework as well as her own.

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  • The tired parents came up with a cunning tactic to get their kids to bed an hour earlier than normal.

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  • All you need is some imagination and cunning, and you will be ready to pull off the perfect prank on your parents!

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  • Although the most common versions of the story have Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother being rescued by a woodsman, there are other versions where either she or the two women together use cunning to defeat the wolf.

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  • An older worker who voluntarily took retirement in order to get all her benefits early came to work the last day wearing a shirt that proclaimed: "Age and cunning will always overcome youth and skill."

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  • Use strategy, cunning, sword, bow and magic to be victorious in your quests.

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  • The halter top is held together by a gold ring in front, and there are cunning buckles on the solid magenta bottoms.

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  • The captain does not have to be refined as much as cunning and ruthless.

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  • "It's a myth to think that polyamorous people don't get jealous," says Cunning Minx, host of the PolyWeekly Podcast.

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  • Cunning Minx is the tireless producer and host of the award-winning Polyamory Weekly podcast that has been active since the spring of 2005.

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  • LoveToKnow caught up with Cunning Minx in Vancouver and asked for some of her expertise on this complicated topic.

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  • However, the replica industry is growing more sophisticated, and, nowadays, some replicas are so well-made that only the most cunning socialite or manufacturer can spot the difference.

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  • The Continental is a cunning mix of retro and modern.

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  • He also has plotted ways to break up happy couples and stolen masterpiece paintings, all of which make up a cunning and unpredictable personality that viewers love.

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  • Bastet: An ancient feline goddess, Bastet symbolizes grace, affection, cunning and power.

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  • A naughty Surf Patrol costume, which even comes with a cunning rope.

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  • He had certainly employed more strategy and cunning than any other Survivor contestant, with the possible exception of Richard Hatch.

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  • Coyote, in many native cultures, is the trickster: a clever being that uses charisma, guile and cunning to carry the day.

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  • Garrett Wang: Garrett Wang plays the role of a long-haired Security Chief who is cunning and ambitious.

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  • The chief evidence cited in support of the theory that .Wykeham owed his advancement to his skill as an architect is the remark in a tract Why Poor Priests have no benefices that "Lords will not present a clerk able of cunning of God's law and good life and holy ensample ...

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  • But as the Maccabees had now in the name of the Syrians cleared the Syrians out of Palestine, Tryphon's jealousy was aroused, and he resolved to be rid of Jonathan, who, with all his cunning, walked into a trap at Ptolemais, was made prisoner and ultimately slain (143).

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