- n. Plural form of wile.
“Then I heard a voice say to me, ‘O thou duck, beware of the son of Adam and be not imposed on by his words nor by that he may suggest to thee; for he aboundeth in wiles and guiles; so beware with all wariness of his perfidy, for again I say, he is crafty and right cunning even as singeth of him the poet,”
“Mr. Groom was young, and the temptress, if younger, was skilled in wiles.”
“He recalled the wiles that had been employed to induce him to attend a function in a Jesuits 'chapel, in an obscure nook of London; the same agencies had been employed there; then, as now, the influence of Clare Arundel had been introduced to sway him when all others had failed.”
“We do not offer men any special protections against the "wiles" of women, so why do women need such protection?”
“Is there no self-awareness on Roth's part about what a cliche of feminine 'wiles' this is?”
“Amelia had been a bit vague about exactly what kind of wiles they would be practicing, but she had promised to remember her mother's words.”
“Scriptures speak of the "wiles" or subtle methods of the devil (Eph. 6: 11, 12).”
“And yet in this young woman was the most complete lack of any dependence upon 'wiles' that platform ever saw.”
“She is an opportunist, and she is a woman who will use her feminine "wiles" to manipulate people into this false myth of the superwoman … she believes the world is 5,000 years old …”
“Her belief in the existence of Satan and his influence over human souls was as vivid as that of Luther; she did not hesitate to accuse him of being the fomenter and, in a sense, the author of her distress; the warnings of the Bible against his "wiles" she accepted as in full force still; and she could offer with all her heart, and with no doubt as to the literal meaning of its closing words, the petition of the old”
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