guile

[gahyl]
noun
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to wile


trickery, fraud, craft. See deceit.
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guile (ɡaɪl)
 
n
clever or crafty character or behaviour
 
[C18: from Old French guile, of Germanic origin; see wile]
 
'guileful
 
adj
 
'guilefully
 
adv
 
'guilefulness
 
n

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guile
c.1150, from O.Fr. guile, from Frank. *wigila "trick, ruse" (cf. O.Fris. wigila "sorcery, witchcraft," and O.E. wil "trick," see wile).
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Example sentences
While innocent Frank is principally defined by his curiosity, he isn't without
  guile.
Corruption - where someone with power or guile gets what they want first.
It's too personal, they're in love with their own guile.
Some attribute this silence to spinelessness, others to tactical guile.
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