Definition of beguile
1 : to lead by deception beguiled into ambush
2 : hoodwink beguiled her classmates into doing the work for her
4 : to engage the interest of by or as if by guile His seductive voice beguiled the audience.
: to deceive by wiles had intended to beguile
beguilementplay \-ˈgī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
beguilerplay \-ˈgī-lər\ noun
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Examples of beguile in a Sentence
She was cunning enough to beguile her classmates into doing the work for her.
They were beguiled into thinking they'd heard the whole story.
Almost everything in the quaint little town beguiles, from its architecture to its art to its people.
He beguiled the audience with his smooth and seductive voice.
Recent Examples of beguile from the Web
Adjan, for instance, is beguiling as Ellen, a vibrant American woman whose anniversary trip to Paris with her grumpy husband leads to an encounter worthy of a romance novel, sending her home with her own version of a Mona Lisa smile.
In the end, Coppola's Beguiled is only a superficial success.
McBurney, laid up with a bad leg but otherwise functioning lower-body appendages, is properly beguiled by the lovely ladies.
There are a number of scenes in The Beguiled that may feel eerily familiar to the alumnae of all-girls schools, but for me there was one in particular that unleashed a torrent of repressed memories.
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MOVIE REVIEW The Beguiled Directed by Sofia Coppola.
THE BEGUILEDIn The Beguiled (in theaters nationwide Friday) Fanning plays Alicia, a coquettish school girl waiting out the end of the Civil War in a Virginia boarding school.
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The Beguiling History of beguile
A number of English words have traveled a rather curious path from meanings related to deception or trickery to something less unwelcome. A prime example is beguile, which first appeared in English around the 13th century in the sense “to lead or draw by deception.” For the next several centuries, most of the senses of the verb had to do, in one manner or another, with deceiving. Around the time of Shakespeare, however, the word took on a new sense, “to charm.” In a similar vein, fun was first recorded at the end of the 17th century as a verb meaning “to hoax or trick (someone).” It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that it began to be used as an adjective indicating that something was enjoyable. Amuse likewise started its life as a verb meaning “to divert the attention of (as from the truth or one's real intent).”
Synonym Discussion of beguile
BEGUILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beguile for English Language Learners
: to trick or deceive (someone)
: to attract or interest someone
BEGUILE Defined for Kids
Definition of beguile for Students
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