cunning man

cunning man
   obsolete a wizard
   Cunning meant knowing and, as most wizards were in league with the devil, you had to talk nicely about them:
    A 'cunning man' was long resident in Bodmin, to whom the people went from all parts to be relieved of spells. (R. Hunt, 1865)

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