from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Free of guile; artless. synonym: naive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Free from guile or deceit; sincere; honest.
  • Synonyms Truthful, candid, unsophisticated, open, frank, ingenuous, straightforward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Free from guile; artless.

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  • adjective Free from guile; honest but naïve.

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  • adjective free of deceit


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guile +‎ -less


  • Viewing the name Japheth in this case, it signifies a person of the kind which we call guileless, who believes readily, permitting himself to be easily persuaded of a matter, who does not dispute or cling to his own ideas but submits his mind to the Lord and rests upon his Word, remaining a learner, not desiring to be master over the words and works of God.

    Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Luther on Sin and the Flood

  • His tone was bland, his expression guileless; the look in his eyes would even pass for innocent.

    The Perfect Lover

  • "Probably that you eat raw meat for breakfast and raw babies for dinner," Kethry replied, and Tarma could see the struggle to keep her expression guileless in the laughter sparkling in her eyes.


  • In the Brown camp the great family of fugitives dwelt together in guileless and trusting brotherhood under the patriarchal care of Captain Brown, who daily praised the Eternal Sire, and one soul of harmony and love was infused into each individual dweller.

    Winona: A Tale of Negro Life in the South and Southwest

  • Can someone give me a sentence for the word guileless?

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  • Or this, further, it may represent, in striking and inspiring way, -- that the pure in heart shall win the victories in life; that the guileless are the valiant sons of God; that the heart that resists evil passion and is touched by pity for the world's woe is the heart that reincarnates the passionate purity of the Christ and can reveal again the healing power, the Holy Grail of God.

    Parsifal A Mystical Drama By Richard Wagner Retold In The Spirit Of The Bayreuth Interpretation

  • Mordred and Agravaine propose to call the guileless Arthur's attention to Guenever and Sir Launcelot.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • Mordred and Agravaine propose to call the guileless Arthur's attention to Guenever and Sir

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 9.

  • I could not recall the guileless simplicity of childhood, its sweet unconsciousness and contentment, in the present joy.

    Ernest Linwood or, The Inner Life of the Author

  • We weren't afraid of letting the world see it because we knew that that kind of guileless honesty would show the world that we believed in ourselves and our system.

    December 2005


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