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[bih-gahyl] /bɪˈgaɪl/
verb (used with object), beguiled, beguiling.
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
First recorded in 1175-1225, beguile is from the Middle English word bigilen. See be-, guile
Related forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
unbeguiled, adjective
unbeguiling, adjective
1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain. Unabridged
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  • In any case they must be taken for what they are: a beguilement of lone moments of leisure.

    Monumental Java J. F. Scheltema
  • In her tones was beguilement, in her eyes the lure of an evil thing.

    Banked Fires

    E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • Ministers in turn have defensively adopted the arts of beguilement, varied by an exercise of the police.

  • He began with the arts of beguilement, and left nothing undone to win the confidence and affection of the Toledan nobles.

  • An interesting couple for the beguilement of a voyage: she so beautifully moderates his irascible incisiveness!

  • He had so far been the victim of the sex, and in his own small way had suffered scorn and beguilement enough.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • How abounding in beguilement are all his words, like lovers' sidelong glances, and honey of Hybla to the tongue!

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • But she is deceived by her own false valuation; she can only see herself in the image that she makes for the beguilement of man.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
British Dictionary definitions for beguilement


verb (transitive) -guiles, -guiling, -guiled
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
Derived Forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguilement



early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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