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English noun: guile

1. guile (cognition) shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception


Synonymscraft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, slyness, wiliness


Broader (hypernym)astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness

2. guile (attribute) the quality of being crafty


Synonymscraftiness, deceitfulness


Broader (hypernym)disingenuousness

3. guile (act) the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)


Synonymschicane, chicanery, shenanigan, trickery, wile


Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation


Narrower (hyponym)dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, jugglery, put-on









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