Wile (?), n. [OE. wile, AS. wil; cf. Icel. vl, vael. Cf. Guile.]

A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement.

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph. vi. 11.

Not more almighty to resist our might, Than wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles. Milton.

 

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Wile, v. t.

1.

To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure.

[R.]

Spenser.

2.

To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly.

Tennyson.

 

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