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"guile" in British English

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guilenoun [U]

uk   /ɡaɪl/  us   /ɡaɪl/ formal
clever but sometimes ​dishonestbehaviour 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, ​totallylacking in guile.
(Definition of guile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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guilenoun [U]

 us   /ɡɑɪl/ fml
the ​practice of ​deceivingpeople or using other ​dishonestmethods to ​achieveyouraims, or the ​ability to ​deceivepeople for this ​purpose: He is a ​simple, ​honest man, ​totallylacking in guile.
(Definition of guile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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