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[ shrood-nis ]


  1. the quality of being astute or sharp in practical matters; the ability to find and pursue the most advantageous course of action, sometimes at the cost of moral compromise:

    He had the gift of storytelling, but not the ordinary shrewdness to convert the talent into a bankable asset.

    Michnik says that the marketplace frequently “chooses banality over excellence, shrewdness over nobility, empty promise over true competence.”

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  • un·shrewd·ness noun

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The answer didn’t gel with his decades-long experience as a shrewd observer of market shakeouts.

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In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith.

Here we saw many types of the Yorkshire man, famed for his shrewdness and fondness for what we would call "dickering."

Scotch shrewdness expresses itself in a phraseology all its own, and of which Donald alone possesses the secret.

Scotch shrewdness has occasionally a certain smack of mild hypocrisy, which, however, does no harm to anyone.

Arnold paused, and his glance held something of shrewdness and a livening challenge.

There is an air of anxious expectancy about him, with a look of Semitic shrewdness in the long, narrow face.


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