- to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
- to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.
- to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
- to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
Origin of beguile
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1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain.
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Examples from the Web for beguile
Will she beguile him into poor judgment, sidetracking his revenge crusade?NBC’s ‘Dracula’ Sure Is Sexy, But It Isn’t Scary
October 25, 2013
Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Saladby Nigella Lawson The star chef combines improbable ingredients that beguile the palate.What to Eat
July 21, 2009
She played a young woman hired to beguile a man, a natural fit for the natural beauty.Farrah Fawcett: A Video Tribute
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June 25, 2009
Let Old Eaton have his way, if thereby they might beguile him into paving theirs.Tiverton Tales
In this way we shall have a model of the whole; and with these and similar discourses we will beguile the way.Laws
All this has served to beguile my heart, and keep it in some degree occupied.Journal of a Residence at Bagdad
The Circassians also beguile the way on their journeys with riding songs.Life of Schamyl
John Milton Mackie
No party had been alluring enough to beguile her from her books.Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School
Jessie Graham Flower
- to charm; fascinate
- to delude; influence by slyness
- (often foll by of or out of) to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
- to pass pleasantly; while away
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Word Origin and History for beguile
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