Meaning of “guile” in the English Dictionary

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"guile" in British English

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guilenoun [ U ]

uk /ɡaɪl/ us /ɡaɪl/ formal

clever but sometimes dishonest behaviour that you use to deceive someone:

The president will need to use all her political guile to stay in power.
He is a simple man, totally lacking in guile.

(Definition of “guile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guile" in American English

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guilenoun [ U ]

us /ɡɑɪl/ fml

the practice of deceiving people or using other dishonest methods to achieve your aims, or the ability to deceive people for this purpose:

He is a simple, honest man, totally lacking in guile.

(Definition of “guile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)