What does wiliness mean?

2 the inclination or practice of misleading others through lies or trickery. her reputation for Machiavellian wiliness made people disinclined to trust her.

What is meant by the word guile?

Definition of guile 1 : deceitful cunning : duplicity a war that called for guile rather than firepower. 2 obsolete : stratagem, trick. Other Words from guile Synonyms More Example Sentences Learn More About guile.

What does specious guile mean?

adjective. apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible: specious arguments. pleasing to the eye but deceptive.

What does it mean to lack guile?

(gaɪl ) uncountable noun. Guile is the quality of being good at deceiving people in a clever way. I love children’s innocence and lack of guile. Synonyms: cunning, craft, deception, deceit More Synonyms of guile.

What is the meaning of shrewdness in English?

1a : marked by clever discerning awareness and hardheaded acumen shrewd common sense. b : given to wily and artful ways or dealing a shrewd operator. 2a : severe, hard a shrewd knock. b : sharp, piercing a shrewd wind. 3 archaic : mischievous.

Who is a specious person?

adj. 1 apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false. 2 deceptively attractive in appearance.

Can guile be positive?

The positive adjective is guileful, with its noun, guilefulness. The negative adjective is guileless and its noun is guilelessness. The verb, beguile, means “to deceive, to trick with guile or mesmerization”, and it provides a personal noun beguiler “a trickster”.

What is another word for Guile?

See more synonyms for guile on Thesaurus.com. noun. insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

What is a synonym for wiliness?

Synonyms for wiliness artifice, cheating, cozenage, craft, craftiness, crookedness, crookery, cunning, cunningness, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, deceptiveness, dishonesty, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, fakery, foxiness, fraud, guile, guilefulness

What is the meaning of Wily?

English Language Learners Definition of wily : full of clever tricks : very clever See the full definition for wily in the English Language Learners Dictionary

What is wiliness and shrewdness?

wiliness- shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, craft astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness- intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings) Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc. wiliness