- 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 inveigling
All is lost, for the sake of that inveigling, perfidious young Syren.The Politician Out-Witted
They have many ways of inveigling the artless and unthinking.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
He heard her inveigling Antone, the old Italian labourer, into confidences.Sisters
And would she indulge her own love by inveigling him she loved into a base marriage?
No one should rightfully accuse him of inveigling the heir to marry his niece.
- (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 inveigling
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.