Wile Wile, n. [OE. wile, AS. w[=i]l; cf. Icel. v?l, v[ae]l. Cf. {Guile}.] A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement. [1913 Webster]

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. --Eph. vi. 11. [1913 Webster]

Not more almighty to resist our might, Than wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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