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guile

The use of deception or cunning in order to accomplish something.
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To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee, and deifie his power Who from the terrour of this Arm so late Doubted his Empire, that were low indeed, That were an ignominy and shame beneath This downfall; since by Fate the strength of Gods And this Empyreal substance cannot fail, Since through experience of this great event In Arms not worse, in foresight much advanc't, We may with more successful hope resolve To wage by force or guile eternal Warr Irreconcileable, to our grand Foe, Who now triumphs, and in th' excess of joy Sole reigning holds the Tyranny of Heav'n.
Henceforth his might we know, and know our own So as not either to provoke, or dread New warr, provok't; our better part remains To work in close design, by fraud or guile What force effected not: that he no less At length from us may find, who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
Dare devil that you are, full of guile, unwearying in deceit, can you not drop your tricks and your instinctive falsehood, even now that you are in your own country again?
Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile.
Rather was the guile on my side as I drew back and watched Rattray lift the young girl tenderly, and slowly carry her to the door by which she had entered and left the hall just twenty-four hours before.
The Colonel stared into vacancy, and I wondered whether anyone could be quite so innocent of guile as he looked.
He remembered all his hunting guile, the long patience of shooting meat in famine when a hit or a miss meant life or death.
There was a look of guile and subtlety in her face, a sound of it in her voice.
I should have some," said Levin, not without some guile, hoping Veslovsky would be tempted by the vodka, and would go away to them.
Mat Delauney, out of Barlow High in Gresham, returns as well, and newcomer Ethan Guiles is a sophomore transfer from California.
Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed a lower court's ruling and affirmed the free speech right of Williamstown Middle School student Zach Guiles to wear to school an anti-Bush T-shirt proclaiming the president "Chicken-Hawk-in Chief" engaged in a "World Domination Tour" and depicting images alluding to Bush's alleged former substance abuse problems.