- 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 beguiling
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Her 2013 release Lua Ya offers a beguiling type of Korean ambient vocal music, unlike anything else I heard during the year.The Strangest and Most Surprising Recordings of 2013
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Hawes later denied that drugs helped him play jazz—a beguiling myth that killed many of his contemporaries.The Jazz Pianist That John F. Kennedy Saved
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His lean arrangement of this covered-by-everyone classic leaves plenty of room for her beguiling vocals.Christmas Music Sucks (Mostly), but Here’s a Playlist of Holiday Gems
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These beguiling theories can energize or console political partisans.Answering Tomasky
July 30, 2012
Her hand was on his arm in beguiling caress, her eyes were pleading into his.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
And woman is so much cleverer than the trickiest man at beguiling!
From the austere silence of its snows it was mocking them, beguiling them to their doom.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
"I don't think it all that," says Violet, with a most beguiling flush.
She is so lovely and beguiling, how could he have helped it?
- charming or fascinating
- using slyness to delude someone
- 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 beguiling
c.1400, present participle adjective from beguile.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper