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English Dictionary: shrewdness by the DICT Development Group
2 results for shrewdness
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
    Synonym(s): shrewdness, astuteness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shrewd \Shrewd\, a. [Compar. {Shrewder}; superl. {Shrewdest}.]
      [Originally the p. p. of shrew, v.t.]
      1. Inclining to shrew; disposing to curse or scold; hence,
            vicious; malicious; evil; wicked; mischievous; vexatious;
            rough; unfair; shrewish. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
                     [Egypt] hath many shrewd havens, because of the
                     great rocks that ben strong and dangerous to pass
                     by.                                                   --Sir J.
                     Every of this happy number That have endured shrewd
                     days and nights with us.                     --Shak.
      2. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.
                     These women are shrewd tempters with their tongues.
      3. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business;
            astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen; as, a shrewd
            observer; a shrewd design; a shrewd reply.
                     Professing to despise the ill opinion of mankind
                     creates a shrewd suspicion that we have deserved it.
      Syn: Keen; critical; subtle; artful; astute; sagacious;
               discerning; acute; penetrating.
      Usage: {Shrewd}, {Sagacious}. One who is shrewd is keen to
                  detect errors, to penetrate disguises, to foresee and
                  guard against the selfishness of others. Shrewd is a
                  word of less dignity than sagacious, which implies a
                  comprehensive as well as penetrating mind, whereas
                  shrewd does not. -- {Shrewd"ly}, adv. --
                  {Shrewd"ness}, n.
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