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guile

[gahyl] /gaɪl/
noun
1.
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Germanic; akin to wile
Synonyms
trickery, fraud, craft. See deceit.
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British Dictionary definitions for guiles

guile

/ɡaɪl/
noun
1.
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 guiles

guile

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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