List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 72

SYNONYMS: clever, ingenious, shrewd.
These adjectives are compared as they refer to mental adroitness or to practical ingenuity and skill.

Clever, the most comprehensive, stresses mental quickness or adeptness: If I ever felt inclined to be timid as I was going into a room full of people, I would say to myself, you're the cleverest member of one of the cleverest families in the cleverest class of the cleverest nation in the world, why should you be frightened?
Ingenious implies originality and inventiveness: It was an ingenious solution to the storage problem.
Shrewd emphasizes mental astuteness and practical understanding: She was a woman of shrewd intellect and masculine character.

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