verb in·vei·gle \ in-ˈvā-gəl , sometimes -ˈvē- \
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Definition of inveigle

inveigled; inveigling play \in-ˈvā-g(ə-)liŋ, sometimes -ˈvē-\
1 : to win over by wiles : entice
2 : to acquire by ingenuity or flattery : wangle
  • inveigled her way into a promotion


play \in-ˈvā-gəl-mənt, sometimes -ˈvē-\ noun


play \in-ˈvā-g(ə-)lər, sometimes -ˈvē-\ noun

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Examples of inveigle in a Sentence

  1. She inveigled him to write the letter.

  2. We inveigled the information from him.

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Inveigle, a word that dates from the 16th century, refers to the act of using clever talk, trickery, or flattery to either persuade somebody to do something or to obtain something through a similar method. What could such a word possibly have to do with blindness? Inveigle came to English from the Anglo-French verb enveegler, which means "to blind or hoodwink someone," from the adjective enveugle, meaning "blind." Enveugle derives from the Medieval Latin ab oculis, a phrase which literally translates to "lacking eyes." You might say that a person who is inveigled to do or give up something is too "blinded" by someone's words to know that he or she is being tricked.

Origin and Etymology of inveigle

Anglo-French enveegler, aveogler, avogler to blind, hoodwink, from avogle, enveugle blind, from Medieval Latin ab oculis, literally, lacking eyes

Synonym Discussion of inveigle

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving.
    • lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes
entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means.
    • advertising designed to entice new customers
inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering.
    • fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni
decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice.
    • attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush
tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment.
    • tempted by the offer of money
seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises.
    • seduced by assurances of assistance

INVEIGLE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of inveigle for English Language Learners

  • : to persuade (someone) to do something in a clever or deceptive way

  • : to get (something) in a clever or deceptive way

Law Dictionary


transitive verb in·vei·gle \ in-ˈvā-gəl, -ˈvē- \

legal Definition of inveigle

inveigled; inveigling
: to lure by false representations or other deceit
  • whoever unlawfully…inveigles, decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries away and holds for ransom or reward or otherwise any person…shall be punished by imprisonment
  • U.S. Code

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excessive admiration or flattery

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