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Related to guileful: sneaky, knavish


Full of guile; deceitfully or treacherously cunning.

guile′ful·ly adv.


(ˈgaɪl fəl)

insidiously cunning; artfully deceptive; wily.
guile′ful•ly, adv.
guile′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.guileful - marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"


1. Deceitfully clever:


[ˈgaɪlfəl] ADJastuto, mañoso


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She was from New England, and knew well the first guileful footsteps of that soft, insidious disease, which sweeps away so many of the fairest and loveliest, and, before one fibre of life seems broken, seals them irrevocably for death.
These despised themselves, as being the dupes of a wily fraud, a guileful snake in the grass.
Circumstances must guide me," said I; and meeting Pelet's false glance and insinuating smile, I thanked heaven that I had last night opened my window and read by the light of a full moon the true meaning of that guileful countenance.
Having at last by guileful speeches succeeded in separating them, he attacked them without fear as they fed alone, and feasted on them one by one at his own leisure.
Caedmon next tells how the fiend tempted first the man and then the woman with guileful lies to eat of the fruit which had been forbidden to them, and how Eve yielded to him.
Such sayings did I hear pious backworldsmen speak to their consciences, and verily without wickedness or guile,--although there is nothing more guileful in the world, or more wicked.
And the left would usually lose that fight because Canada had become a more conservative country under Harper's guileful influence.
In all cases, Certeau emphasizes, "these 'traverses' remain heterogenous to the systems they infiltrate and in which they sketch out the guileful ruses of different interest and desires" (EL 34, emphasis in original).
France have always cherished the flair of their brilliant backs, such as Serge Blanco and Philippe Sella, and Wesley Fofana is of a similarly guileful ilk.
Dan Lydiate (Ospreys) 7 v Ryan Jones (Bristol) 6 Tractor boy Lydiate has added new strings to his bow since joining the Ospreys last December but guileful veteran Jones has a clever rugby brain and you underestimate him at your peril.
Although Eisenhower often was syntactically challenged, sometimes his grammatical fender benders were guileful.
Edgeworth, Delany, and Grey convey, more or less literally, the possibilities offered by what Michel de Certeau describes as "indeterminate trajectories" that "sketch out the guileful ruses of different interests and desires.