Word of the DaySaturday, March 22, 2014
\gahyl\ , noun;
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.
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
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.
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