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guile

The use of deception or cunning in order to accomplish something.
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Conventional in every way save for the coupling at its center, "Just Wright" largely succeeds as a handsomely mounted showcase for Queen Lafifah, as well as some well-shot basketball footage, even if its guilelessly upright characters can often steer it toward blandness.
Three repetitions of the personal pronoun, following its arrival in the gamy courtship rituals, place Crane the man, Crane the suitor in love trysts, most guilelessly before us.
Mamdouh Habib may be an unlucky innocent, a lucky militant, or something guilelessly and lucklessly in-between.
Guilelessly honest, he answered when I asked him if he would have told his fellow workers if I had been white.
He talks his way guilelessly into the home of the wealthy and sympathetic Klara, who falls in love with Simon's brother Kaspar.
Thinking no more about it, but guilelessly wondering who'd shut the windows when I could clearly see they were open, I got on with the task at hand.
Blacks (forgive me for ignoring everyone else for purposes of this argument) must learn to guilelessly ask questions like, "Wouldn't it be cheaper, and a better strategy, to sentence nonviolent, first-time, low-level offenders to substantive community service in the neighborhoods they harmed with their behavior--rather than burdening our overloaded criminal justice system with knuckleheads whose futures will thus be derailed?
the star of next month's "Bourne Ultimatum" asked guilelessly, then quickly realized what we were getting at.
Without reflecting in any way on the political implications of his statement, Caputo guilelessly praises what is certainly the most problematic aspect of Derrida's political writings, 'If circumcision is Jewish it is only in the sense that all poets are Jews, or insasmuch as the Jew is the witness to something universal, that spiritually we are all Jews, all called and chosen to welcome the other .
At such moments the tergiversating rhetoric of Stevens's apocalyptic mode places considerable strain on the reader--a strain that the author himself will at times appear to be guilelessly unaware, for instance in a pronouncement like "My purpose is to explore as fully as possible the forces operating in ["Credences of Summer"] that have generated both the ironist and idealist readings and a few others as well" (104).
83) What is more striking and important, however, is that in statements where he links life with motion, rather than indicating awareness of the sense of "motion" intended by Aristotle and denying that alteration is distinct from local motion, he guilelessly identifies this motion with local motion, as if accurately reporting the ancient idea.