Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Subtle; cunning; astute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Subtle; cunning; astute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Astute; subtle; designing. Also spelled astutious.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Sebastocrator, an officer that is higher in rank, and nearer to the throne than the Caesar himself, so long has Nicephorus Briennius been displeased and dissatisfied, though for what length of time he has joined the schemes of the astucious Agelastes it is more difficult to say.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • It was indeed natural that one who seldom saw things according to their real forms and outlines should view them according to the light in which they were presented to him by a bold, astucious man, possessing the claim of such near relationship.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • French, or which might have arisen from their own proud and reserved character, as a false and astucious mark of the most dangerous designs against their neighbours, over whom he believed, with genuine English confidence, they could, by fair manhood, never obtain any advantage.

    The Talisman

  • It is the true principle of the war for the public good, that none of the great fiefs be suffered to revert again to the crown of France, least of all while it stands on a brow so astucious and unprincipled as that of Louis.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • And then she had an unpleasant surprise with respect to her when she reached home; she found her sitting with a grey-haired, astucious looking man, who was tying up a bundle of parchments and taking his leave, assuring Miss Monteneros that she should soon hear from him.

    The Semi-Detached House

  • Caesar himself, so long has Nicephorus Briennius been displeased and dissatisfied, though for what length of time he has joined the schemes of the astucious Agelastes it is more difficult to say.

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • Emperor's own table, did this astucious prince choose to indulge.

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • Downing Street was carved out of royal land by astucious property developer Sir George Downing in the late 17th century.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Emperor’s own table, did this astucious prince choose to indulge.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • But the measures of Charles, whom fortune had opposed to the “lost astucious and politic monarch of his time, were always dictated by passionate feeling and impulse, rather than by a judicious consideration of the circumstances in which he stood.

    Anne of Geierstein

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Oh, pity the good man's malaise

    Who grew up in honor's strait ways,

    In all things astucious,

    As wise as Confucius

    Yet governed by knaves in late days.

    December 8, 2016

  • JM hasn’t been able to use the good word ‘astucious’ at all this week.

    May 20, 2011

  • Subtle; cunning; astute.

    February 6, 2008