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beguile

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1 to attract or delight as if by magic

  • the magician effortlessly beguiled and amazed the children
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2 to cause to believe what is untrue

  • beguiled her into believing that yet another worthless item would enhance her life
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do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes

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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
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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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