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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.
4) While Eben, the New World poetaster, never exerts the richly ambivalent fascination of Don Quixote, despite the comic punishments he endures for his guilelessness, the source of his naivety--his Platonic self-regard--remains ambiguous in the quixotic sense.
Freud would have had a field day with the story, told by William in all guilelessness, about how he autographed Leon's name in a fan's copy of one of his books.
Their cuteness suggests guilelessness, simplicity, a refreshing lack of affectation" (2-3).
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.
And here one has to smile at the guilelessness of these rough, spirited, unbridled young men, and some not so young--they objected that Lincoln was being unfair, since he was bigger and stronger than any of them
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.