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Meaning of GUILE

Pronunciation:  gIl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
  2. [n]  the quality of being crafty
  3. [n]  shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

GUILE is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: chicanery, craft, craftiness, craftiness, cunning, deceitfulness, foxiness, shenanigan, slyness, trickery, wile, wiliness
 See Also: astuteness, deceit, deception, disingenuousness, dissembling, dissimulation, dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, jugglery, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, put-on, shrewdness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Guile\, n. [OE. guile, gile, OF. guile; of German origin,
    and the same word as E. wile. See {Wile}.]
    Craft; deceitful cunning; artifice; duplicity; wile; deceit;
          Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile. --John
                                                   i. 47.
          To wage by force or guile eternal war.   --Milton.
  2. \Guile\, v. t. [OF. guiler. See {Guile}, n.]
    To disguise or conceal; to deceive or delude. [Obs.]
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