Use the noun guile for cunning, craftiness, and artful duplicity. Acting like you have a job on Wall Street when you're actually unemployed would take a lot of guile.

  • Pronunciation: /ɡaɪl/
  • English Description: intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
  • Synonyms: craft
  • Chinese Translation: 狡猾(jiao3 hua2)
  • Spanish Translation: el engaño
  • ORIGIN: The noun guile has quite negative connotations, as it refers to the kind of knowledge and skill that can be used by comic book villains for evil and not good! People who have guile are also thought of as being wily (which is also a related word), sneaky, and deceitful. Those who are free of guile are pure and upstanding, and Henry David Thoreau affirms those feelings when he wrote: "It is the work of a brave man surely, in whom there was no guile!"


  • Today, she relies on guile and experience as much as her legendary power and guts.
  • It takes more guile to win without great stuff, and Sabathia has not done that consistently.

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