V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: trickery, duplicity, or deceptive cunning
Synonyms: duplicity, cunning, craftiness, deceitfulness, trickery
Antonyms: innocence, candor, honesty
Tips: Guile is derived from an Old French word that meant "sorcery." This evolved to describe anything deceitful, treacherous, or cunning. Today, guile is a more sophisticated way of saying "trickery" or "duplicity." The related adjective guileless describes someone who is na´ve, honest, trusting, and sincere. Because of the suffix -less, which means "without," someone who is guileless has no guile or duplicity. The related verb beguile means "to mislead and deceive."
He is an honest man, without guile. (deceitfulness, cunning)
She is a guileless young girl who will believe most anything she is told. (innocent, na´ve) adjective
The Senator will need to use all his political guile to stay in power. (cunning, craftiness)
She regarded him with wide, guileless blue eyes. (trusting, na´ve) adjective
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