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beguile

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verb be·guile \bi-ˈgī(-ə)l, bē-\

Simple Definition of beguile

  • : to trick or deceive (someone)

  • : to attract or interest someone

Full Definition of beguile

be·guiledbe·guil·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lead by deception

  3. 2 :  hoodwink

  4. 3 :  to while away especially by some agreeable occupation; also :  divert 2

  5. 4 :  to engage the interest of by or as if by guile

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to deceive by wiles

be·guile·ment play \-ˈgī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
be·guil·er play \-ˈgī-lər\ noun
be·guil·ing·ly play \-ˈgī-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of beguile

  1. She was cunning enough to beguile her classmates into doing the work for her.

  2. They were beguiled into thinking they'd heard the whole story.

  3. Almost everything in the quaint little town beguiles, from its architecture to its art to its people.

  4. He beguiled the audience with his smooth and seductive voice.



13th Century

First Known Use of beguile

13th century

Synonym Discussion of beguile

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>. mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>. delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>. beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.


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