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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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 Michals remains aggressively idiosyncratic, the curator of his own overstuffed, beguiling, disorderly imagination. The New York Review of Books, "Jed Perl," 9 May 2019 Philip, too, could seem a beguiling but remote citadel: august, many-towered, lavishly defended. Benjamin Taylor, Harper's magazine, "Exit Ghost," 10 Mar. 2019 But there's more, much more, in this first L.A. solo presentation, and all of it is just as beguiling. Leah Ollman,, "The hairbrush made of fingers and other scenes from the mind of Genesis Belanger," 8 June 2019 Upstairs, where an elegant dinner designed by Susan Holland awaited, Sami Gayle—the beguiling actress, dancer, director, producer, and art enthusiast—turned to me with a mischievous grin. Ian Malone, Vogue, "The Public Art Fund Hosts a Fine Art Game Night," 12 Apr. 2019 The first installment, set on the island of Berk in a mythic Nordic North, told a beguiling tale with endearing characters. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: More Smoke Than Fire," 21 Feb. 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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