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1 shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception [syn: craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, slyness, wiliness]
2 the quality of being crafty [syn: craftiness, deceitfulness]
3 the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them) [syn: trickery, chicanery, chicane, wile, shenanigan]

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Old French, from an unattested Old Norse word which was probably the source also of wile.



  1. Astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.
  2. deceptiveness, deceit, fraud, duplicity, dishonesty
  • 'The Bible - King James Version: John 1:47
    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!


astuteness, cunning


  1. to deceive, to beguile


to deceive, to beguile

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Guile may refer to:
guile in Spanish: Guile
guile in French: Guile

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