Definition of guile:
maneuver, cheat, shiftiness, device, invention, hanky panky, mischievousness, shenanigan, artifice, craft, mischief, deceit, foxiness, trade, machination, skullduggery, mischief-making, stratagem, hocus-pocus, deceitfulness, trick, imposture, fraud, roguery, skulduggery, duplicity, dodge, means, slyness, double-dealing, contrivance, workmanship, rascality, wile, wiliness, dishonesty, deception, craftsmanship, subterfuge, blind, chicanery, chicane, deviltry, cunning, trickery, roguishness, devilry, duplicity, jiggery-pokery, honest, ruse, devilment, craftiness.
- cunning (part of speech: noun)
It was not in her mind to hide herself from the other operatives of the Vose- Mern agency when she was at the scene; her experience had acquainted her with the efficacy of guile in working with human nature, and she was well aware that her bold presence where the operatives were making their campaign would prove such a mixture of honesty and guile that Miss Elsham and Crowley, and even Mern, himself, when he learned, would be obliged to expend a portion of their energy on guessing.- "Joan of Arc of the North Woods", Holman Day.
- "Imperial Purple", Edgar Saltus.
- "Orley Farm", Anthony Trollope.