- to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge.
- to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person.
Origin of inveigle
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Examples from the Web for inveigle
We will inveigle ladies fair, and wed them in our secret cavern.Barnaby Rudge
He tried to inveigle me also into it, but I remained glum and silent.Youth
My plan will be to inveigle him into going over a ferry to "see a man."
We must, by some means, inveigle him to a place where you can work your sweet pleasure on him.The King of Diamonds
Am I a Jasper that you seek thus to inveigle me into purchasing a gold-brick?The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
- (tr; often foll by into or an infinitive) to lead (someone into a situation) or persuade (to do something) by cleverness or trickery; cajoleto inveigle customers into spending more
Word Origin and History for inveigle
late 15c., "to blind (someone's) judgment," alteration of Middle French aveugler "delude, make blind," from Vulgar Latin *aboculus "without sight, blind," from Latin ab- "without" (see ab-) + oculus "eye" (see eye (n.)). Loan-translation of Greek ap ommaton "without eyes." Meaning "to win over by deceit, seduce" is 1530s.