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[gahyl] /gaɪl/
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.
Origin of guile
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to wile
trickery, fraud, craft. See deceit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for guile
  • 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.
  • But her guile, savvy and experience have made her one of the top players in the world.
  • In one legend he turned his guile to a heroic deed and rid the world of darkness.
  • He had the style of a champion, but the man was not without guile.
  • He had the least guile of anyone I've ever met and a total lack of vanity.
  • If a country is able to exist through what ever means, be it military might or political guile, it has the right to exist.
  • It took some gall and guile.
British Dictionary definitions for guile


clever or crafty character or behaviour
Derived Forms
guileful, adjective
guilefully, adverb
guilefulness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Old French guile, of Germanic origin; see wile
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Word Origin and History for guile

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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