shrewd
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Part of SpeechadjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Middle English; from "shrew" in the sense "evil person or thing," or as the past participle of the obsolete shrew "to curse." The word developed the sense "cunning," and gradually gained a favorable connotation during the 17th century.
Synonyms
adjective
astutecageycannywiseclever
Antonyms
adjective
obtuseunintelligentignorantinept
Definition
adjectivehaving or showing astute or sharp judgment in practical matters, sometimes at the cost of moral compromise
Examples
adjectiveA) She had a reputation for shrewd business practices. B) Gary was not shrewd enough to be a lawyer at the corporate law firm.
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