beguiling

adjective
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

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Examples of beguiling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pinball is a beguiling game that requires skill and an occasional assist from Lady Luck. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 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, "What’s on TV," 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, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Lil Nas X's Top 40 Breakout Hit 'Old Town Road'," 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, "30 Underrated Films You Should Revisit," 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, "Best Books to Read if You're Dreaming of Japan," 30 Mar. 2020 On an April afternoon in 1897, thousands of women packed the Boston Theatre to see the nation’s most beguiling female entrepreneur, a 45-year-old former homemaker whose talent for personal branding would rival that of any Instagram celebrity today. Emmeline Clein, Smithsonian Magazine, "Madame Yale Made a Fortune With the 19th Century’s Version of Goop," 20 Feb. 2020 Plus, Honey was the most beguiling dance music album to be released by anyone since, well, Robyn's last album, Body Talk. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Dance Music at the 2020 Grammys: A Billboard Dance Contributor Roundtable," 23 Jan. 2020 Ultimately, that may be what’s most beguiling for Patricia and his team. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions Matt Patricia on curing close losses: 'That last inch is always the hardest'," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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13 Jun 2020

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“Beguiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beguiling. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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