Examples of guile in a Sentence
- By the end of Liebling's dispatch, Mollie has become a mythic figure invulnerable to death, capable of great feats of courage and guile, and able to transform himself into any human type for the purposes of disguise. —Lee Siegel, Harper's, December 2004
- The going was painfully slow, but Chickenhound consoled himself on the long journey by boosting his own ego. "Maybe a silly bunch of rats could put one over on Sela. Huh, she was old and had lost a lot of her guile. Not like me! They hadn't reckoned with a smart intelligent young fox like I am." —Brian Jacques, Redwall, (1986) 2002
- Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile. —Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920
a shady salesman who usually relies on a combination of quick thinking and guile
a person so full of guile he can't even be trusted to give you the correct time of day
Recent Examples of guile from the Web
To stay at the top, Pruitt has relied on guile to pull off this magic act.
Colleagues praised his resourcefulness and legal guile.
Away from the camera, the man affectionately known as Grapes has softer edges and a prankster’s guile.
Watford travel to strugglers Everton on Sunday afternoon, and will be hoping to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City last weekend and show the same kind of guile that saw them give Chelsea a scare at Stamford Bridge in October.
Friendship was finally restored through the efforts of Benjamin Rush, a colleague from the Continental Congress, who conducted a two-year campaign of exhortation, flattery and guile.
The Astros received a master class in deception and guile.
Then there’s Hendricks, all guile and deception, with a fastball that barely touches 90 mph but armed with a vanishing changeup of his own.
Kimmel’s sincere and raw approach is the only way to do it, really: This is not the kind of message anyone should want (or need) to sell to an audience with guile or pretense.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'guile.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Synonymsartfulness, artifice, caginess (also cageyness), canniness, craft, craftiness, cunningness, deviousness, foxiness, cunning, guilefulness, slickness, slyness, sneakiness, subtleness, subtlety, wiliness
Antonymsartlessness, forthrightness, good faith, guilelessness, ingenuousness, sincerity
Related Wordscalculation, care, design; savvy, sharpness, shrewdness; cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness; ease, facility, finesse; deceitfulness, duplicity, shiftiness, underhandedness
Near Antonymscandidness, candor, directness, frankness, openness, plainness, plainspokenness; honesty, probity; dependability, reliability, reliableness, solidity, trustability, trustiness, trustworthiness; decency, goodness, incorruptibility, integrity, righteousness, truthfulness, uprightness, virtuousness
GUILE Defined for English Language Learners
GUILE Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up guile? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).