guile

[ gahyl ]
/ gaɪl /

noun

insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

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Origin of guile

1175–1225; Middle English <Old French <Germanic; akin to wile

synonym study for guile

See duplicity.
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British Dictionary definitions for guile

guile
/ (ɡaɪl) /

noun

clever or crafty character or behaviour

Derived forms of guile

guileful, adjectiveguilefully, adverbguilefulness, noun

Word Origin for guile

C18: from Old French guile, of Germanic origin; see wile
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