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guile

The use of deception or cunning in order to accomplish something.
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For the narrator living in the moment, ignorant of how history would play out, his naivety and guilelessness enable him to construe the Maori-Pakeha relationship differently from that afforded by historical hindsight, which tends to make the British look organised, calculating and knowing, and the Maori undeserved victims.
A certain guilelessness, the product of a vigorous, uncynical, public-school upbringing.
She owned the stage with the sweet sophistication of her interpretation--a mix of guilelessness and gentle confidence.
More significantly, Noah's well-kept secret can also be taken as proof for his wife's guilelessness.
He could speak soulfully about losing all of the battles in which he had fought but could also joke at the guilelessness of Katsushiro or the blustering of Kikuchiyo.
In the face of his guilelessness, explaining my attempt at a joke sounded feeble.
There was a guilelessness about that question, a refreshing lack of pretense in exposing how green he remains about vegetables, a world champion who is not the least bit world weary.
who embodied "humility, guilelessness, and, above all, stout yeomen righteousness" watched Nascar, listened to country music, and voted for George W.
When I read the gospels, over and over again I am caught up increasingly in the integrity and guilelessness of the writers.