Guile Guile, n. [OE. guile, gile, OF. guile; of German origin, and the same word as E. wile. See {Wile}.] Craft; deceitful cunning; artifice; duplicity; wile; deceit; treachery. [1913 Webster]

Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile. --John i. 47. [1913 Webster]

To wage by force or guile eternal war. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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