guileless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj guileless free of deceit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Guileless Free from guile; artless.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • guileless Free from guile or deceit; sincere; honest.
    • guileless Synonyms Truthful, candid, unsophisticated, open, frank, ingenuous, straightforward.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Guileless without deceit: artless
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. guile, deceit; from a Teut. root, as in A.S. wíl, Ice. vel, a trick.

Usage

In literature:

Not without reason is poor guileless Margaret horrified at Mephistopheles.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Guileless souls both hers and Miss Woodhull's, though another adjective might possibly be more apt.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
The old auctioneer heard the note of anxiety in her tone and peered over his specs to study her guileless expression.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
She talked about Boston and the happiness of her life there, and of her work and her guileless girlish hopes and ambitions.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sally's words were in this case wholly guileless, as he recognized, and they stirred him.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
The smoothness very rightly means guilelessness, the splendour good conduct, the blackness work.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Guileless himself, he was not proof against the guile of many with whom he came in contact.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
As guileless, though as self-reliant, gentlewomen as sequestered England could produce.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
She flouted him for his youth, his bluntness, his guileless transparency.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
He sees through Eleanor's society prattle, the guileless mind, the childish innocence.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
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In poetry:

Beloved by him--that noble youth!
With proud yet gentle mien,
Who speaks the guileless words of truth,
And yet is not so "green."
"The Lady's Soliloquy" by James Avis Bartley
So did Nathanael, guileless man,
At once, not shame-faced or afraid,
Owning Him God, who so could scan
His musings in the lonely shade;
"St. Bartholomew" by John Keble
Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep,
Watch did Thine anxious servants keep
But Thou wast wrapped in guileless sleep,
Calm and still.
"Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep" by Godfrey Thring
Sweet sister, if you knew, like me,
The charms of guileless infancy,
No more you'd envy riper years,
Or smiles, more bitter than your tears.
"Sweet Sister" by Victor Marie Hugo
Then that lost form appears
Which was a joy to few on earth but me:
In the young light I see thy guileless glee,
In the deep dews thy tears,
Isabel.
"Isabel" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
What have we now that 's like the past?
Our guileless hearts knew not its name;
But blest are we to know at last
That what it was, 't is still the same.
"Maid And Boy" by John Albee

In news:

When I read the Town Dandy's recent characterization of Gov Schwarzenegger as some sort of harmless, guileless inspirational cheerleader, I was dumbfounded (Jan 21).
Wholesome and guileless, it reflects none of the cynicism or meanness that bespeak our harsh times.
Joey Ramone, the singer whose misfit style and guileless shout in the band the Ramones defined punk rock as a music for Everyman, died yesterday at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center.
While her passion might bristle others who don't share it, it's guileless and natural to her, similar to her style.
Oppen Porter is almost 30, a guileless man who lives in a small central California town with his reclusive father in a house overtaken by nature.
A guileless, boy-next-door voice belies the depth and ambition of Josh Ritter 's songs, whether he is confessing a simple crush or following his thoughts on a long, Whitmanesque incantation.
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