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Definition cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
  • Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
  • She had a guilelessness sometimes found in a young child being raised in a protective home.
  • guilelessness = openness (lack of cunning and deceit)
  • Henin plays best on clay — a slow surface more suited to her thoughtfulness and guile.
  • 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
  • "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
  • Poor Clarence, by thy guile betray'd to death!
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Richard III
  • 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
  • I bid you now drop your guile and confess...
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • guile = cunning and deceit
  • ...their eyes were knowing and guileful beyond their years.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • guileful = full of cunning (shrewdness and cleverness, and perhaps deceit)
  • the guileless crowd that sang the national anthem
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • guileless = sincere — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
  • 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
  • guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
  • 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
  • guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness)
  • Jared had specifically approved of Jamie's choice because of this guileless, vulnerable face that no one could ever doubt,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • guileless = without cunning or deceit
  • His eyes were as wide and guileless as those of his boy.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
  • Franny blew her nose with guileless abandon;
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • guileless = without cunning (unconsidered)
  • With her smooth face, she looked like a young girl, frail, guileless, and innocent.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
  • Peter smiled then, so guileless that Lacy felt it smart like a stripe from a whip.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • guileless = innocent (cunning or deceit)
  • My head swivels, but his expression is completely without guile.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • guile = cunning and deceitful
  • 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
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness), and deceit

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