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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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 And besides, in the age of radical self-expression, who says even the most beguiling and bewildering looks can't translate to the streets? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019 This tantalizing prospect proves too beguiling for Laszlo not to explore. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: In Search of the World That Was," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of beguiling

1646, in the meaning defined above

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