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[in-vey-guh l, -vee-] /ɪnˈveɪ gəl, -ˈvi-/
verb (used with object), inveigled, inveigling.
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
1485-95; variant of envegle < Anglo-French enveogler, equivalent to en- en-1 + Old French (a)vogler to blind, derivative of avogle blind < Vulgar Latin *aboculus eyeless, adj. derivative of phrase *ab oculīs without eyes. See ab-, ocular
Related forms
inveiglement, noun
inveigler, noun
uninveigled, adjective
1. induce, beguile, persuade. 2. wheedle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inveigling
Historical Examples
  • All is lost, for the sake of that inveigling, perfidious young Syren.

  • They have many ways of inveigling the artless and unthinking.

  • He heard her inveigling Antone, the old Italian labourer, into confidences.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • And would she indulge her own love by inveigling him she loved into a base marriage?

    Doctor Thorne

    Anthony Trollope
  • No one should rightfully accuse him of inveigling the heir to marry his niece.

    Doctor Thorne

    Anthony Trollope
  • Or he may have thought I was inveigling him into the commission of some desperate crime.

  • I have a notion I know something of the inveigling chap, the powerful one.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • He wondered at the inveigling content that introduced itself into her voice, face, and gesture.

    Vain Fortune George Moore
  • The minister, after many days, discovered who his correspondent was, and succeeded in inveigling the stone-breaker to the manse.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • I mean that, in common with others, I believed you guilty of inveigling Daisy Banks away.

    The Parson O' Dumford George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for inveigling


/ɪnˈviːɡəl; -ˈveɪ-/
(transitive; often foll by into or an infinitive) to lead (someone into a situation) or persuade (to do something) by cleverness or trickery; cajole: to inveigle customers into spending more
Derived Forms
inveiglement, noun
inveigler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French avogler to blind, deceive, from avogle blind, from Medieval Latin ab oculis without eyes
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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