guiles

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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