guile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guile the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
    • n guile the quality of being crafty
    • n guile shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Guile Craft; deceitful cunning; artifice; duplicity; wile; deceit; treachery. "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile .""To wage by force or guile eternal war."
    • v. t Guile To disguise or conceal; to deceive or delude.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guile Disposition to deceive or cheat; insidious artifice; craft; cunning.
    • n guile A trick; a wile.
    • n guile Synonyms Artfulness, subtlety, deception, trickery.
    • guile To deceive; beguile.
    • guile To disguise cunningly.
    • n guile The fermented wort used by vinegar-makers.
    • n guile A brewers' vat; a guilfat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guile gīl wile, jugglery: cunning: deceit
    • v.t Guile (Spens.) to beguile
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Quotations

  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. guile, gile, OF. guile,; of German origin, and the same word as E. wile,. See Wile

Usage

In literature:

Her manners, so confiding and unsuspicious, showed a heart unacquainted with guile.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
The game of statecraft could only be carried on by guile and violence.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
They suffer no pangs that women might cause, do not possess worldly wealth, and are free from guile.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Guile and she were miles asunder.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Renown'd Ulysses, That craftiest hero yields to you in guile.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, October 29, 1892" by Various
But, I say," he cried gleefully, "what guile!
"Married Life" by May Edginton
The Fausts of this day want no Mephistopheles to teach them guile or to harden their hearts.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Prohibition, said the candid clerk, and a whole province of human guile was thereby made plain to our shrinking mind.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
That their lives were free from guile, none claim.
"Bay State Monthly, Volume I, No. 2, February, 1884" by Various
Yet, probably through the guile of Lethington, he changed his mind, and became a suitor for Mary's hand.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
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In poetry:

Yet peace and innocence shall smile,
And purer joys afford,
And love, secure from doubt or guile,
Shall bless our humble board.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Or is it Love, the dear delight
Of hearts that know no guile,
That all around see all things bright
With their own magic smile?
"Second Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
The guiling tongue of Adam's son,
Has left me free to see the light
The Master saw o'er Satan won,
In battles they did often fight.
"The Song Of The Negro Maid" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
The angel at my left, who, with a smile
Of hate and secret pride
Came, as if bent on working some great guile,
With one leap to my side.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
Deeds of patience, deeds of love,
Banishing all hate and guile--
These will steer toward heaven above,
These will make the angels smile.
"Daybreak" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
From guile his heart and lips are free;
His humble joy, his holy fear,
With deep repentance well agree,
And join to prove his faith sincere.
"Psalm 32 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

'Exit Through the Gift Shop' is a gleeful or guileful documentary.
Ortlieb used his 220-pound bulk to full advantage on the lengthy, relatively flat Veleta course that rewards gliding over guile and technique.
Celtics' guile too strong for 76ers in Game 7.
Free matinee show & potluck dinner w/ The Guile , All Dinosaurs, Saintseneca, Lowly The Tree Ghost, and Drugwars @ Pats In The Flats on Saturday January 9th at 3pm.
Imran Khan needs guile and organisation if he is to turn popularity into power.
It takes guile, planning, sharp vision, a silver tongue -- and a 50-foot extension cord.
The "Values Voters" label is a guileful assertion concocted by Republican conservative fundamentalist/evangelical Christians to flaunt their piety.
New film by Nicolas Jarecki has lots of guilt and money, but lacks danger and guile.
Guiles Jr of TAG Mechanical Systems Inc wrote Oct 18 about the wonders of green jobs.
It is only proper that one congratulates Guiles for an artful example of self-service disguised as concern for the public good.
Free matinee show & potluck dinner w/ The Guile, All Dinosaurs, Saintseneca, Lowly The Tree Ghost, and Drugwars @ Pats In The Flats on Saturday January 9th at 3pm.
NORTH NORWICH – This morning at around 10 am, North Norwich, Norwich and New Berlin fire crews were called to respond to a house fire on Guile Road in the Town of North Norwich.
TRINITY – One ambulance that currently stationed at Guil-Rand Fire Department soon will have a new home to be able to better serve the residents of Trinity.
Depending on your political perspective, Ronald Reagan either had zip to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union or single-handedly tossed it onto history's ash heap using his unique combination of guile and strength.
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In science:

Blattner, A theorem of Cartan and Guil lemin, J.
Classification of finite simple Lie conformal superalgebras
At first sight, TEXmacs appears as a much more attractive alternative, being an Emacs-inspired WYSIWYGstyle text editor with advanced TEX rendering capabilities and a proper scheme (FSF’s guile ) as scripting language.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
We say that Q is a normal basis of the involutive tableau A and that the expression (2.3) is the Guil lemin normal form for the elements of Q with respect to the basis A and B .
A class of overdetermined systems defined by tableaux: involutiveness and Cauchy problem
Blattner A theorem of Cartan and Guil lemin, J.
Classification of simple linearly compact n-Lie superalgebras
The Guillemin potential is a symplectic potential corresponding to the Guil lemin metric .
Toric K\"ahler-Einstein metrics and convex compact polytopes
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