Know Your Next Word : guile

8. guile :

noun :

cunning, duplicity, artfulness

usage :

  • Jose used guile, not intelligence, to win the spelling bee. He cheated.

  • Stuart was shocked by the guile of the automobile mechanic, who has poked a hold in his radiator and then told him that it had sprung a leak.

  • To be guileless is to be innocent or native. Guileless and artless are synonyms.

  • The word beguile also means to deceive, but in a charming and not always bad way.

  • Clarence found Mary's beauty so beguiling that he did anything she asked of him.

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