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Related to guileful: sneaky, knavish


Full of guile; deceitfully or treacherously cunning.

guile′ful·ly adv.
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(ˈgaɪl fəl)

insidiously cunning; artfully deceptive; wily.
guile′ful•ly, adv.
guile′ful•ness, n.
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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"
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1. Deceitfully clever:
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[ˈgaɪlfəl] ADJastuto, mañoso
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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.
Embleton - a re-signing not a new face - makes the team more guileful, and McNulty has added a spark up front.
The unconstitutional and arbitrary revocation of article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution is a guileful attempt by Indian government to subvert the so called autonomy of IOK and subdue the Kashmir's right of self-determination, she said.
The more of their guileful fingers you cut, the more they grow.
ISLAMABAD -- The opposition lawmakers again took up guileful tactics in the National Assembly session on Friday to refer to Prime Minister Imran Khan as 'selected' despite the deputy speaker prohibiting MNAs from using that word for the premier a few days ago, but it was the ruling party that had the last laugh with the passage of the budget.
Like the narcos of yonder, the politicos of Kenya can be extremely wily, guileful even rancorous.