It must have been a cunning and practised ruffian!
But I maintain that he is not cunning, not practised, and probably this was his first crime!
The supposition that it was a calculated crime and a cunning criminal doesn’t work.
They are caught spending money, they are not all as cunning as you are.
The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing.
The more cunning a man is, the simpler the trap he must be caught in.
If they, or Nikolay alone, had murdered them and broken open the boxes, or simply taken part in the robbery, allow me to ask you one question: do their state of mind, their squeals and giggles and childish scuffling at the gate fit in with axes, bloodshed, fiendish cunning, robbery?
"A familiar phenomenon," interposed Zossimov, "actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions—it’s like a dream."
The cunning, the presence of mind of the young dog!
The man, moreover, was very unpleasant, evidently depraved, undoubtedly cunning and deceitful, possibly malignant.
Well, then, sir" (Marmeladov suddenly gave a sort of start, raised his head and gazed intently at his listener) "well, on the very next day after all those dreams, that is to say, exactly five days ago, in the evening, by a cunning trick, like a thief in the night, I stole from Katerina Ivanovna the key of her box, took out what was left of my earnings, how much it was I have forgotten, and now look at me, all of you!
He moved a little on purpose and muttered something aloud that he might not have the appearance of hiding, then rang a third time, but quietly, soberly, and without impatience, Recalling it afterwards, that moment stood out in his mind vividly, distinctly, for ever; he could not make out how he had had such cunning, for his mind was as it were clouded at moments and he was almost unconscious of his body….
But from some queer, almost animal, cunning he conceived the idea of hiding his strength and lying low for a time, pretending if necessary not to be yet in full possession of his faculties, and meanwhile listening to find out what was going on.
There are no more uses of "cunning" in the book.
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She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
The worst mix — greedy, cunning, and without morals.