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guile

Noun

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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English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Noun

  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!

Translations

astuteness, cunning

Verb

  1. to deceive, to beguile

Translations

to deceive, to beguile

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Extensive Definition

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

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