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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


References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Decca sound engineers duly made use of both the Rudolfinum's acoustic fortes (with an occasionally guileful longer reverberation) and the dark sound of the strings, which so becomes Suk's work.
Whether the change should be credited most to his own learning, or to Joe Root, his captain, or Saqlain Mushtaq, his coach, it has transformed him from a plain off-break bowler into a guileful spinner who can now wrap up tail-enders in a hurry.
Ballance began the day turning his overnight score of 63 into three figures with an unfussy yet occasionally guileful century.
Second, a maybe more guileful issue is that the calculation may report spurious examples that don't generally exist, or significantly overestimate the importance of the reported examples.
Genovese does not dismiss the importance of character outright, but argues that the president must embrace a paradox: "we demand that our leaders be of the highest personal character and exhibit a commitment to high moral standards, yet we sometimes expect the president to be cunning, guileful, ruthless, and manipulative.
And the left would usually lose that fight because Canada had become a more conservative country under Harper's guileful influence.