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marked by skill in deception

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His account of figures of speech in book 3, "Of Ornament," characterizes them all as dissemblers that "make our talk more guileful and abusing" (55).
Responsible behaviour is bounded by the opportunism of individuals who become guileful and self-seeking when the opportunity arises.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a highly successful intracellular pathogen known for its guileful evading mechanisms from the protective immune response and cause chronic disease in human.
To be clear, I view noir as tacitly representing the viewer him- or herself on screen, not in the form of any particular character but in the barrier-defying, horizontal trajectory of chiaroscuro itself--a line of sight that exists in space and that could by occupied by a beholder, but which would reveal nothing of the guileful machinations the audience witnesses.
Its retelling of the classic myth of Cupid and Psyche offers, Handel-style, a splendid showcase for duelling prime donne: the innocent, slightly vain, not-too-bright Psyche and the guileful, vainglorious Venus, her reluctant mother-in-law-to-be.
As played by the inspired Kyra Sedgwick on "The Closer," Brenda was a fast-food junkie flibbertigibbet off the job, but an iron gauntlet on it, capable of reining in a squad of men-will-be-boys investigators and tripping up and breaking even the most guileful suspects in the interrogation room.
So sailed guileful Odysseus, so sailed Pious Aeneas, And cloudless skies brought sleep, Stilling th'unmasterable, surging deep, The helmsman stilled, his sea-craft guiding.
A sustained dramatic critique of corruption in courts of law, and its link with avarice, is found in Wisdom, in which the faculty of Understanding, once he succumbs to temptation, is represented as a guileful lawyer.
A contemporary account describes how, using "the jugglery of deceit and the trickery of untruth, with guileful preparations and specious obfuscations", a fida'i (assassin), disguised as a Sufi, pretended to present al-Mulk with a gift, then stabbed him to death.
Although his Barthian position may seem appealing, this guileful narrator employs devious arguments and deceptive self-justifications.
about" passages with a wry, guileful reading, slyly winking through
A strategy of guileful gauchery in response to pressing issues of race, class, and culture allowed Browne to cross the great divides of mid-century Democrat politics--a negotiation startlingly symbolized in Lincoln's reading of an Artemus Ward article to his war cabinet before the drafting of the Emancipation Act.
The late Jerome Lemelson is well-known for his guileful use of "submarine patents," a term used to describe inactive patents submerged in the U.
Philip's antimetabole masks the guileful conversion of "war" to its antonym.
Titan's guileful Gecko, which enjoys a four-page spread in the magazine, is one of four sponsored bikes that guest stars throughout the year at bike events throughout North America inside the Camel Roadhouse, an epicenter at most major events.