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

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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

Synonyms & Antonyms for beguiling


artful, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, cute, designing, devious, dodgy [chiefly British], foxy, guileful, scheming, shrewd, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wily


artless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, undesigning

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But there’s virtuosity at work in this beguiling comedy that’s no less impressive for being improvisational, understated and refreshingly self-effacing. Ann Hornaday, Twin Cities, "‘Sword of Trust’ is a beguiling, smart — and surprisingly deep — comedy," 25 July 2019 His subject was, indeed, a reluctant prince, and hence the beguiling title of this book. David Shribman,, "‘The Reluctant Prince’ looks fondly back on the life of JFK Jr.," 17 July 2019 But as many newer parts of San Francisco show all too well — look no further than Rincon Hill — well-meaning plans don’t necessarily translate into beguiling destinations. John King,, "Chiseled glass tower offers window into SF’s contradictions," 18 July 2019 The book also has a strange, beguiling tone, somewhere between an engagé documentary and an archaeology of taste. Paul Grimstad, The New Yorker, "The Absolute Originality of Georges Perec," 16 July 2019 But, surprisingly, Neon Genesis Evangelion is proving a beguiling exception, one that might have an authentic chance of breaking down barriers in the cultural discourse surrounding the form. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019," 2 July 2019 Chapman was staring down an issue that’s vexed hundreds of policymakers before him: America’s beguiling network of messy fireworks laws, which seems to mutate and contradict itself every day. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 Nevertheless, his audiences’ broad openness to a comeback suggests that, at least for the more beguiling artists, the careers of the fallen aren’t necessarily scotched forever. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 Nicklaus’ recall and storytelling abilities are renowned and beguiling, and his appearance Saturday alongside North at the American Family Insurance Championship was par for the course. James Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jack Nicklaus shares Wisconsin stories including a missed anniversary and a mugging," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of beguiling

1646, in the meaning defined above

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