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shrewd
WordNet 2.0
  • marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
  • "a smart businessman"
  • "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"
  • "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"
  • used of persons
  • "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"
shrewd
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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. Mandeville.

    "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." -- Shak.

    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." -- Secker.

    Syn. -- Keen; critical; subtle; artful; astute; sagacious; discerning; acute; penetrating. -- 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.

 

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.

Galileo Galilei
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