from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of guile; deceitfully or treacherously cunning.

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  • adj. Full of guile; treacherously deceptive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of guile; characterized by cunning, deceit, or treachery; guilty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of guile; deceitful; artful; wily; cunning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by skill in deception


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  • The Southern Poverty Law Center, an American non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to combating bigotry, wrote in a recent report that " ... certain Americans, who have been prodded into paranoia by clever activists, opportunistic politicians and guileful media players, seem downright eager to deny Muslims the guarantees of religious freedom and the presumption of innocence."

    Parvez Ahmed: Muslims In America At The 10th Anniversary Of 9/11

  • The reforms fade as he speaks of the dark designs of regional foes, while his guileful chief coalition partner, the burly, corruption-shadowed grand vizier, a rival for the political affection of the aristocracy, exploits long-simmering hatreds to push for a broad range of curbs on democratic freedoms.

    Bradley Burston: In Israel, the revolution has already begun

  • First, the Chamber of Commerce is really not the nice little local volunteer organization of pro-small business chambers that most people think it is, but rather covertly functions as a guileful “Chamber of EMPIRE”.

    Think Progress » Kudlow: ‘The Chamber Of Commerce Is A Very Negative Force,’ ‘Absolutely Negative And Absolutely Wrong’

  • Would the guileful Sri Lankan bowler? the greatest Asian sportsman of all time, perhaps? cap his final game by dismissing an unprecedented, still almost unbelievable, 800th test match victim?

    Muttiah Muralitharan: a real sporting king in a world of unworthy princes

  • I would point to Francis Fukuyama's insightful "The End of History", which was only been flawed by assuming that the US was a real democracy --- and not a very subtle, guileful ruling-elite 'corporate financial Empire' disguising itself behind the facade of this two-party 'Vichy' sham of democracy.

    Coming Soon-- Riots in America?

  • Lemony Snicket: These tales of the Baudelaire orphans outwitting multiple death threats and a gaggle of guileful guardians, with meta-commentary by an unnamed author are ... well they're definitely not intended as an ingenious snare for the use of pedophiles, I'll tell you that.

    Jilly Gagnon: The Moral of the Story Is...

  • Empire must be more guileful --- and thus the massive unjust inequality of

    OpEdNews - Diary: Alfred P. Sloan's Monetization of ���Democracy'

  • Any Empire, and particularly this guileful post-modern ruling-elite corporate/financial Empire which controls our country behind the facade of its two-party 'Vichy' sham of democracy, is entirely focused on unjustified hierarchy, inequality, and absolute power over the political-economics of a society --- and the world, if they can keep getting away with it.

    OpEdNews - Diary: Alfred P. Sloan's Monetization of ���Democracy'

  • This fact of sophisticated and guileful Empire manipulation and trickery of the people was well documented in 1994 by Thomas Frank in his "What's the Matter with Kansas" --- showing how contrived social 'values' manipulation was used by the Empire-controlled 'Republican Party' to trick stereotypical anti-intellectual conservative Kansans into voting against their own interests.

    Printing: Comments from the blogosphere (in NY Times) RE Obama adding another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan

  • This more modern ruling-elite corporatist/fascist Empire of today, despite it's infinately more sophisticated and guileful disguise as a mutli-party, 'Vichy' democracy, is still grashing to money and power in the same dumb way as the Roman Empire, Louis XVI, King George III, Hitler, Staline, and the rest of them ----- and it will be grasping at its own slit throat sooner than it can imagine. by

    Rob Kall Interview with Chris Hedges on Gaza, Hamas, AIPAC and more


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