- 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 beguilement
The term remains a handy tag we stick on deeds which in our beguilement or cowardice we cannot or will not confront.Senseless. Evil. Silver Linings. Our Misguided Terms of Terror.
April 23, 2013
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.The Short Works of George Meredith
He began with the arts of beguilement, and left nothing undone to win the confidence and affection of the Toledan nobles.Toledo. The Story of an Old Spanish Capital
An interesting couple for the beguilement of a voyage: she so beautifully moderates his irascible incisiveness!One of Our Conquerors, Complete
- 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 beguilement
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