from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
- n. Obsolete A trick or stratagem.
- transitive v. Archaic To beguile; deceive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.
- n. deceptiveness, deceit, fraud, duplicity, dishonesty
- v. to deceive, to beguile
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Craft; deceitful cunning; artifice; duplicity; wile; deceit; treachery.
- transitive v. To disguise or conceal; to deceive or delude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deceive; beguile.
- To disguise cunningly.
- n. Disposition to deceive or cheat; insidious artifice; craft; cunning.
- n. A trick; a wile.
- n. Synonyms Artfulness, subtlety, deception, trickery.
- n. The fermented wort used by vinegar-makers.
- n. A brewers' vat; a guilfat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
- n. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
- n. the quality of being crafty
Without his intending to, for he is a man wholly lacking in guile, Paul becomes a human, very vulnerable wedge between the two women, testing their love to the limits.
They have inherited their guile from the Dodo side of the family.
Stained freshly? have your hearts in guile grown old?
He seems totally lacking in guile, and so genuine in his liberalism that one almost suspects him, as somebody said long ago of the British Labour party, of allowing his bleeding heart to go to his bloody head.
With great simplicity and godly sincerity: Our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile, v. 3.
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4
The man was totally without guile, which is why he was so refreshing to a Machiavellian schemer like Halcon.
Time was ineffably precious -- there was every reason to suspect Yankee guile, which is said to be nowhere more fertilely exhibited than in their conduct of the blockade; but it was deemed possible, after careful scrutiny, that the vessel might be on fire.
If it should be objected by any that though he did not himself burden them, yet, being crafty, he caught them with guile, that is, he sent those among them who pillaged them, and afterwards he shared with them in the profit: "This was not so," says the apostle; "I did not make a gain of you myself, nor by any of those whom I sent; nor did Titus, nor any others -- We walked by the same spirit and in the same steps."
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