Definition of inveigle
- inveigled her way into a promotion
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She inveigled him to write the letter.
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.
First Known Use: 1539See Words from the same year
: to persuade (someone) to do something in a clever or deceptive way
: to get (something) in a clever or deceptive way
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