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guile

The use of deception or cunning in order to accomplish something.
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Unfortunately, we're still being governed by the practice of Misinformation Under Guileful Spin-doctors, otherwise known as MUGS.
Magnes, at once earnest and guileful as chief administrator, was an obvious target.
On the other hand, France and Japan have come up with the guileful idea of stabilizing emissions per capita, which will allow them to increase emissions by the same amount as their population grows.
Men in this group were described as guileful, deceitful, distrustful of others, and emotionally brittle; their female counterparts seemed preoccupied with viewing themselves as physically attractive and expressed a thin-skinned, defensive attitude toward others.
Isn't there a relentless and guileful undoing by the weak going on here in the victory of the student's reluctance to be read, a reluctance that returns in the form of a panicky schoolmaster's plea to be understood?
We risk understanding nothing about the psychology of the historian, his subtle and complicated guileful attempts to escape his destiny in order to leave his mark, if we neglect," Thuillier argues, "his worry about death: le souci de la mort.
Of course, the driving force behind kyosei isn't philanthropic--despite the guileful, portentious language used to describe it by Japanese companies and government officials.
We see an increasingly hopeless Lansdale sent to Vietnam in the late fifties, where he railed against our policies of support for the French and where he tried to create a new Magsaysay in the priestly and guileful mandarin Ngo Dinh Diem.
They have also made some astute summer signings, recruiting the guileful Chilean midfielder Luis Jimenez from Al Ahli, Al Ain targetman Jires Kembo Ekoko, and the wiry winger Jonathan Pitroipa from Al Jazira.
If we as a people go forward to self-government in its true sense, we must know that those who represent us are mature and guileful enough to negotiate treaties with the wider world in an atmosphere of diplomatic initiatives and co-operation to secure inward investment, and, with fiscal responsibility and discipline, be shrewd enough to drive the economy forward to provide infrastructure, education, jobs, opportunities and prosperity for our population.
VILLA'S man-of-the-moment James Milner has expressed his delight that his guileful goal against Hull ended up in the net rather than the Holte End.
Is that why I attract the guileful, get taken for so many bumpy rides and occasionally, treated like rubbish?