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beguile

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of beguile

  1. 1 to attract or delight as if by magic the magician effortlessly beguiled and amazed the children Synonyms of beguile allure, charm, bewitch, captivate, enchant, fascinate, kill, magnetize, wile, witch [archaic]Words Related to beguile disarm, draw, entice, lure, pull, seduce, tempt; delight, gratify, please; arrest, enrapture, enthrall (or enthral), entrance; appeal (to), interest, intrigue; beckon, court, invite, solicit, wooNear Antonyms of beguile disgust, offend, repel, revolt; annoy, displease, irk; bore, tire, weary

  2. 2 to cause to believe what is untrue beguiled her into believing that yet another worthless item would enhance her life Synonyms of beguile bamboozle, deceive, bluff, buffalo, burn, catch, con, cozen, delude, dupe, fake out, fool, gaff, gammon, gull, have, have on [chiefly British], hoax, hoodwink, hornswoggle, humbug, juggle, misguide, misinform, mislead, snooker, snow, spoof, string along, sucker, suck in, take in, trickWords Related to beguile kid, put on, tease; bleed, cheat, chisel, defraud, diddle, euchre, flam, fleece, gyp, hustle, mulct, rook, shortchange, skin, squeeze, stick, sting, swindleNear Antonyms of beguile debunk, expose, reveal, show up, uncloak, uncover, unmask; disclose, divulge, tell, unveil; disabuse, disenchant, disillusionAntonyms of beguile undeceive

  3. 3 to lead away from a usual or proper course by offering some pleasure or advantage was beguiled by the promise of easy money as a drug dealer Synonyms of beguile allure, bait, lure, betray, decoy, entice, lead on, seduce, solicit, temptWords Related to beguile draw in, inveigle, persuade, rope (in), snow; catch, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entrap, mesh, snare, tangle, trap; bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinate, magnetize, wileNear Antonyms of beguile alert, caution, forewarn, ward (off), warn; drive (away or off), repulse, turn away

Synonym Discussion of beguile

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness.
    • tried to deceive me about the cost
mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional.
    • I was misled by the confusing sign
delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth.
    • we were deluded into thinking we were safe
beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving.
    • was beguiled by false promises

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