- 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 beguiler
They make him alternately the creature and beguiler of the King.
And he called Herodotus a thief and a beguiler, and “the same with intent to deceive,” as one of their own poets writes.Letters to Dead Authors
The story of Cleopatra, the beguiler of Mark Antony, is too well known to need repeating here.Oriental Women
Edward Bagby Pollard
- 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 beguiler
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