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Meaning of “guile” in the English Dictionary

"guile" in British English

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guilenoun [U]

uk   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)
Translations of “guile”
in Spanish astucia, maña para engañar…
in Vietnamese sự lừa đảo…
in Malaysian tipu muslihat…
in Thai เล่ห์เหลี่ยม…
in French ruse…
in German die List…
in Chinese (Simplified) 狡诈, 奸诈, 欺骗…
in Turkish hilekârlık, aldatıcılık, hilebazlık…
in Russian хитрость, коварство…
in Indonesian kelicikan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 狡詐, 奸詐, 欺騙…
in Polish przebiegłość…
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