be·guil·ing | \ bi-ˈgī-liŋ , bē- \

Definition of beguiling 

: agreeably or charmingly attractive or pleasing a beguiling manner a beguiling aroma … it's safe to say that the Balkans have never produced a politician so beguiling. —Jane Kramer

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beguilingly adverb
The restaurant is physically attractive, dishes are beguilingly presented, and the cuisine is always logically inventive, often inspired, sometimes sublime. —Jay Jacobs

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Well worth a bite… a beguiling entry into the thoughts of Dracula and his ilk living among us. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'A People's History of the Vampire Uprising'," 30 June 2018 The most beguiling Azilal recall a palette of modern expressionism. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "How to Buy, and Style, a Vintage Moroccan Rug," 22 June 2018 While California may be culturally less exotic than Italy, from a cycling perspective the terrain was at least as decadent and beguiling. Outside Online, "Riding 100 Miles* on a 102-Year-Old Bike," 12 June 2018 Even so, Mr Dershowitz is an intellectual heavyweight, a beguiling maverick, and his effort to immunise Mr Trump against demands for his impeachment is illuminating. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 The resulting images are funny and provocative and oddly beguiling. Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 And so Romo will sling his beguiling slider at them for a short burst before turning it over to the rest of the Rays’ staff. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Rays 'bullpenning' experiment continues: Relievers to start next three games vs. Orioles," 24 May 2018 That was the ethereal, beguiling question bubbling over the synth swell of Zooropa’s opening and title track. Jonathan Bradley, Billboard, "Dream Up the World You're Gonna Live In: How U2's 'Zooropa' Got the Future Wrong, 25 Years Later," 5 July 2018 The grandchild reaches not for the apple but for the beguiling ribbon. Patricia Hampl, WSJ, "All of Summer In a Single Afternoon," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of beguiling

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beguiling was in 1646

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