Guile definition

gīl
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Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
noun
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To beguile; deceive.
verb
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A trick or stratagem.
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Slyness and cunning in dealing with others.
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The definition of guile is slyness shown in a charming way.

An example of guile is when you distract your friend from the fact that you are half hour late to a meeting by immediately turning on the charm and launching into a fascinating story.

noun
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(uncountable) Astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.
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Origin of guile

  • Middle English from Old French of Germanic origin Old English wigle divination, sorcery

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gile, from Anglo-Norman gile, from Old French guile (“deception”), from Frankish *wigila (“ruse”). Cognate via Proto-Germanic with wile.

    From Wiktionary