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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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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More obscure red grapes grown in the region include the charming Ruchè (pronounced roo-kay), whose beguiling floral nose is reminiscent of violets in a field (but not in an overpowering fashion). Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 The list of writers who have tried to capture the city’s beguiling contradictions is long and varied: Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathanael West, Charles Bukowski, Eve Babitz. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 The nose is immediately fresh and beguiling, with notes of candied lemon, citrus flowers and subtle hints of spice. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018 This is Wilson’s best and most beguiling performance. Matthew Gilbert,, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 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

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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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