be·​guil·​ing | \ bi-ˈgī-liŋ How to pronounce beguiling (audio) , 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

Other Words from beguiling

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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Examples of beguiling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The director's novel approach, enlisting two-time Oscar winner McDormand to act as a friend and confidant to real life nomads playing themselves, has become one of the film's most beguiling features, if not its defining one. CNN, 14 Mar. 2021 The idea of herd immunity, a term imported from livestock veterinarians, has become more beguiling as huge swaths of populations in parts of the world recover from SARS-CoV-2 infections, leaving them with some degree of immunity. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 16 Feb. 2021 The notion that Republicans should calm troubled waters by standing down is a little more beguiling. The Editors, National Review, 20 Sep. 2020 Pinball is a beguiling game that requires skill and an occasional assist from Lady Luck. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, 3 May 2018 The styling and production design are impeccable, and Rachel Morrison’s radiant cinematography is as beguiling as Stewart’s performance. New York Times, 15 May 2020 Which is a shame, because the intro and outro, in which the titular phrase is exalted over a gentle mix of strumming and finger-picking, is pretty beguiling on its own. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 26 Mar. 2019 But he’s never made a follow-up as strange and beguiling as Babe: Pig in the City. David Sims, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2020 Japan is one of the most beguiling countries on earth, with a mile-long list of acclaimed books parsing its history and culture. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of beguiling

1646, in the meaning defined above

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“Beguiling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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