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Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
  cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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guile guileless guileful guiling guiles guilelessly guilelessness
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "less", often means "without" as in guileless, harmless, worthless, bottomless, boneless, breathless.
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  • Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
  • She had a guilelessness sometimes found in a young child being raised in a protective home.
  • Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile.
    Wharton, Edith  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Henin plays best on clay — a slow surface more suited to her thoughtfulness and guile.

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  • "Let not my lords be afraid," he said hastily, "for in my breast there dwells no guile."
    Haggard, Rider H.  --  King Solomon’s Mines
  • The Colonel stared into vacancy, and I wondered whether anyone could be quite so innocent of guile as he looked.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • She knew that he loved her—a frank, blustering fellow without guile enough to conceal his feelings, and no desire to do so.
    Chopin, Kate  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • Poor Clarence, by thy guile betray’d to death!
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Richard III
  • I bid you now drop your guile and confess...
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • ...their eyes were knowing and guileful beyond their years.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve

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  • If Dad didn’t let me have the materials I needed, I’d still get them, one way or another, no matter what it took—guile, tricks, or outright theft.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • the guileless crowd that sang the national anthem
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Miss Alavi was guileless in her approach, probably risking her life and certainly risking her freedom by even speaking with me.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Jared had specifically approved of Jamie’s choice because of this guileless, vulnerable face that no one could ever doubt,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • His eyes were as wide and guileless as those of his boy.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • What is childlike humility? It’s not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Don’t make the mistake of underestimating a Ra’zac, for they are cunning and full of guile.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • My head swivels, but his expression is completely without guile.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • And I knew by his eyes that no guile had he, So I married my man from the North Country.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • With her smooth face, she looked like a young girl, frail, guileless, and innocent.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • People were drawn to Fischer’s energy and generosity, his absence of guile, his almost childlike enthusiasm.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Franny blew her nose with guileless abandon;
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • At the knock on the door she grinned, and her young and still guileless face grinned back in the mirror.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Peter smiled then, so guileless that Lacy felt it smart like a stripe from a whip.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • His look was one of conviction, of guileless yet ironclad earnestness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He said it simply, guilelessly, in a little petulant whine.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Her mild eyes seemed incapable of any severity or guile, and yet she has committed a murder.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The internal arrangements of the Finch house were indicative of Simon’s guilelessness and the absolute trust with which he regarded his offspring.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • what would I see if I did look in his eyes? Blame? Indignation? Or, God forbid, what I feared most: guileless devotion?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Leper’s face became guileful, his voice flat and impersonal.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • This guileless confectioner was not by any means sober,
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Milo watched Colonel Cathcart steadily with a bland and guileless expression.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • the object of the first, true, ardent, only passion of a guileless girl.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • the Hassassin cast a long, guileless glance at the table
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • So guileless was he, and ignorant of the nature of business, that he did not even realize that he had become an employee of Brown’s, and that Brown and Durham were supposed by all the world to be deadly rivals
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He looked at her guilelessly, a milk mustache on his lip.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Then said that sly and guileful man, Odysseus:
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Aunt Polly asked him questions that were full of guile... for she wanted to trap him into damaging revealments.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • All my motions focalized on pretending to be that guileless schoolgirl who had nothing more wearying to think about than mid-term exams.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • So Ruth rose up and out of her guileless inefficiency to claim her bit of balm right after the preparation of dinner and just before the return of her husband from his office.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • From the time he received this news to the end of the campaign all Kutuzov’s activity was directed toward restraining his troops, by authority, by guile, and by entreaty, from useless attacks, maneuvers, or encounters with the perishing enemy.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It nourished itself and offered each man a partnership limited only by his talent, his guile, and his willingness and capacity for hard work.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • without trickery, guile, or...
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • What if history was not a reasonable citizen, but a madman full of paranoid guile and these boys his agents, his big surprise!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Guileless and without vanity, we were still in love with ourselves then.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • It is the work of a brave man surely, in whom there was no guile!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Miss Bates’s gratitude for Mrs. Elton’s attentions to Jane was in the first style of guileless simplicity and warmth.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Lykoorgos had killed him, but by guile and not by force at all:
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He would resort to guile and declare that he scarcely felt it.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Their glance was guileless, profound, confident, and trustful.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
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