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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Definitions for guile

  1. insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

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Citations for guile
The infernal Serpent; he it was whose guile, / Stirred up with envy and revenge, deceived / The mother of mankind… John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667
Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile. Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920
Origin of guile
Though the origins of guile are unknown, it is thought to have come to Middle English from a Germanic source, by way of Old French.