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  • adj. Archaic form of guileful.


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  • But as a manne of subtyle and guilefull witte, aftre what time he had bene longe conuersaunte amongest menne of the Christian religion: he draue a drifte, deuised out of both lawes (the olde and the newe) how he mighte notably enfecte the worlde.

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie

  • Then groning deepe, Nor damned Ghost, (quoth he,) 2 Nor guilefull sprite to thee these wordes doth speake,

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

  • Replied the camel, 'O King's son, I fear for thee from the child of Adam, for he is wily and guilefull.'

    Arabian nights. English

  • Then this latest attack shows that what is happening is neither intelligent, smart, guilefull or deploying information and computing power to their best use.

    The Cranky Flier

  • Take heed therefore, myne eyes, how ye doe stare henceforth too rashly on that guilefull net, in which is euer ye entrapped are, out of her bands ye by no meanes shall get.

    Amoretti and Epithalamion

  • As figures be the instruments of ornament in euery language, so be they also in a sorte abuses or rather trespasses in speach, because they passe the ordinary limits of common vtterance, and be occupied of purpose to deceiue the eare and also the minde, drawing it from plainnesse and simplicitie to a certaine doublenesse, whereby our talke is the more guilefull & abusing, for what els is your _Metaphor_ but an inuersion of sence by transport; your _allegorie_ by a duplicitie of meaning or dissimulation vnder couert and darke intendments: one while speaking obscurely and in riddle called _Ænigma_: another while by common prouerbe or Adage called _Paremia_: then by merry skoffe called _Ironia_: then by bitter tawnt called _Sarcasmus_: then by periphrase or circumlocution when all might be said in a word or two: then by incredible comparison giuing credit, as by your _Hyperbole_, and many other waies seeking to inueigle and appassionate the mind: which thing made the graue iudges _Areopagites_

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • King’s son, I fear for thee from the child of Adam, for he is wily and guilefull.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 2220: I trayn'd thy Bretheren to that guilefull Hole,

    Titus Andronicus (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • 87: By guilefull faire words, Peace may be obtayn'd.

    Henry VI, Part One (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • a wicked ambush which lay hidden long in the close couert of her guilefull eyen, thence breaking forth did thick about me throng,

    Amoretti and Epithalamion


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