Usage examples for shrewdness

  1. Vieri de' Cerchi had, indeed, as we have seen, spirit enough to tell the Pope in effect to mind his own business, and he was not devoid of shrewdness; but he seems to have been incapable of any sustained vigour in action. – Dante: His Times and His Work by Arthur John Butler
  2. Although I flatter myself with not being wanting in shrewdness, I confess my stupidity on this occasion; I was blinded by vanity. – Pepita Ximenez by Juan Valera
  3. Second thoughts however whispered to her shrewdness that his arrival could only be by appointment. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. " That is, next to your shrewdness and tact; everything depends upon you, really, and whether you can fool Smith. – At Sunwich Port, Complete by W.W. Jacobs
  5. Business men began to compliment Milly upon her shrewdness and predicted a marvellous growth for the business. – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  6. " We must keep him in a good temper for the 25th," he said to his mother, with a touch of the Mayne shrewdness. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  7. She was Scotch, was reserved, had a certain amount of shrewdness, would obey instructions, and do her duty carefully. – The Translation of a Savage, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  8. Still Zouroff was a man of extraordinary shrewdness, and when he began to work it out in his mind, might quickly focus his suspicions in the right direction. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  9. The Correspondence School detective had been leaning on the show- case, and with the shrewdness of his kind had let his eyes search its contents. – Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective by Ellis Parker Butler
  10. His native shrewdness will teach him the rest. – Children of the Tenements by Jacob A. Riis
  11. A gentleman dressed in black, whose bright eyes revealed an active mind, while the expression of his well- formed features inspired confidence, Don John's private secretary, Escovedo, of whose shrewdness and fidelity Barbara had often heard, ushered her into the apartments assigned to her. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. All we want, is here; half a dozen men with ordinary courage and shrewdness, and a little patience. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  13. Never had his native Attic shrewdness guided him to more purpose. – A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis
  14. He speaks in a German accent, but with ease, shrewdness, and simplicity, addressing those individuals whom he has a mind to notice, or passing on with a bow. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  15. The great shrewdness and tact exhibited by slaves in keeping themselves out of difficulty, when close questioned by strangers as to their treatment, cannot fail to strike every accurate observer. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  16. However, he evinced no haste, but was full of prudence and shrewdness, convinced that his day would dawn, strong in the fact that he was as yet compromised in nothing, but had all space before him. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  17. The Cavaliere's shrewdness exchanged a glance with Rowland's. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  18. There was a strong expression of sense and shrewdness in all his lineaments; the eye alone, I think, indicated the poetical character and temperament. – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  19. Under that monarch he had initiated himself in arms, and, among the knights of Germany, he had learned to temper the natural Italian shrewdness with the chivalry of northern valour. – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton