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guile
used in Leaves of Grass

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cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
  • Forth from their masks, ... from craft and guile and...
    Book 17 — BIRDS OF PASSAGE (5% in)
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
  • Nor is it you alone who know what it is to be evil, I am he who knew what it was to be evil, I too knitted the old knot of contrariety, Blabb'd, blush'd, resented, lied, stole, grudg'd, Had guile, anger, lust, hot wishes I dared not speak, Was wayward, vain, greedy, shallow, sly, cowardly, malignant, The wolf, the snake, the hog, not wanting in me.
    Book 8 — Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (55% in)
  • ...Comrade of criminals, brother of slaves, Crafty, despised, a drudge, ignorant, With sudra face and worn brow, black, but in the depths of my heart, proud as any, Lifted now and always against whoever scorning assumes to rule me, Morose, full of guile, full of reminiscences, brooding, with many wiles, (Though it was thought I was baffled, and dispel'd, and my wiles done, but that will never be,) Defiant, I, Satan, still live, still utter words, in new lands duly appearing, (and old ones...
    Book 30 — WHISPERS OF HEAVENLY DEATH (24% in)

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