Guile



[gahyl] /gaɪl/

noun
1.
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.
/ɡaɪl/
noun
1.
clever or crafty character or behaviour
n.

mid-12c., from Old French guile “deceit, wile, fraud, ruse, trickery,” from Frankish *wigila “trick, ruse” or a related Germanic source (cf. Old Frisian wigila “sorcery, witchcraft,” Old English wil “trick;” see wile).

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    [gahyl-fuh l] /ˈgaɪl fəl/ adjective 1. insidiously cunning; artfully deceptive; wily. adj. c.1300, from guile + -ful. Nowadays only in poems and dictionaries. Related: Guilefully; guilefulness.

  • Guileless

    [gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/ adjective 1. free from ; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank. /ˈɡaɪllɪs/ adjective 1. free from guile; ingenuous adj. 1727, from guile + -less. Related: Guilelessly; guilelessness.



  • Guilelessly

    [gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/ adjective 1. free from ; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank. /ˈɡaɪllɪs/ adjective 1. free from guile; ingenuous adj. 1727, from guile + -less. Related: Guilelessly; guilelessness.

  • Guilelessness

    [gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/ adjective 1. free from ; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank. /ˈɡaɪllɪs/ adjective 1. free from guile; ingenuous adj. 1727, from guile + -less. Related: Guilelessly; guilelessness.



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