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
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ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/GettyImages Alongside the quality of Toby Alderweireld and the guile of Jan Vertonghen (a pair of ex-Ajax stars themselves), Sanchez will blossom into a fine player, well worth the £42m Tottenham are reportedly shelling out.
Her nana lives with her and her boozy, abrasive, thwarted mother, Barb (cabaret performer Bridget Everett), a conflicted woman who resents her daughter’s talent and general lack of guile.
The 86-year-old, who has wielded friendly guile to cobble together signature acquisitions, is now facing the choice of sweetening the deal to please a hedge fund, picking a fight or walking away.
Iovine used his guile to convince TVT to sign the band's contract over to Interscope.
Putin emerges from his documentary just as mysterious and contradictory as ever, partly as a result of his own shrewdness and partly because of Stone’s lack of guile.
Mason has been running teams longer than anyone else available, and his experience shows in guile and craftiness.
Through guile, bluster, finesse, intimidation, and money, Singer makes their problems disappear.
She was dispatched to a nunnery upon the death of her husband, Emperor Taizong and, like Liu, hauled herself back to glory through guile and determination.
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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
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: the use of clever and usually dishonest methods to achieve something
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