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verb in·vei·gle \in-ˈvā-gəl sometimes -ˈvē-\

Simple Definition of inveigle

  • : to persuade (someone) to do something in a clever or deceptive way

  • : to get (something) in a clever or deceptive way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inveigle

inveigledinveigling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to win over by wiles :  entice

  3. 2 :  to acquire by ingenuity or flattery :  wangle <inveigled her way into a promotion>

inveiglement play \-gəl-mənt\ noun
inveigler play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of inveigle in a sentence

  1. She inveigled him to write the letter.

  2. We inveigled the information from him.

Did You Know?

Inveigle, a word that dates from the 16th century, refers to the act of using clever talk, trickery, or flattery to either persuade somebody to do something or to obtain something through a similar method. What could such a word possibly have to do with blindness? Inveigle came to English from the Anglo-French verb enveegler, which means "to blind or hoodwink someone," from the adjective enveugle, meaning "blind." Enveugle derives from the Medieval Latin ab oculis, a phrase which literally translates to "lacking eyes." You might say that a person who is inveigled to do or give up something is too "blinded" by someone's words to know that he or she is being tricked.

Origin of inveigle

Anglo-French enveegler, aveogler, avogler to blind, hoodwink, from avogle, enveugle blind, from Medieval Latin ab oculis, literally, lacking eyes

First Known Use: 1539

Synonym Discussion of inveigle

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving <lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes>. entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means <advertising designed to entice new customers>. inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering <fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni>. decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice <attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush>. tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment <tempted by the offer of money>. seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises <seduced by assurances of assistance>.

Rhymes with inveigle

Law Dictionary


transitive verb in·vei·gle \in-ˈvā-gəl, -ˈvē-\

Legal Definition of inveigle


  1. :  to lure by false representations or other deceit <whoever unlawfully…inveigles, decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries away and holds for ransom or reward or otherwise any person…shall be punished by imprisonment — U.S. Code>

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