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Friday, May 05, 2000

Definitions for inveigle

  1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge.
  2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person.

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Citations for inveigle
Thus craftily did he inveigle the vain bird, who finally came and spread his tail alongside the fracture for comparison. The gorgeous feathers at once froze fast to the ice, and--in short, that artless fowl passed a very uncomfortable winter Ambrose Bierce, Cobwebs from an Empty Skull, 1874
Not all of those new ideas are good-for-you/good-for-me. Some of them are good-for-you/bad-for-me. And associated with such ideas come the tricks to inveigle me into buying in. George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, "We're All 'Phools': Nobel Laureates Have a New Critique of Capitalism," Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2015
Origin of inveigle
1485-1495
Inveigle entered English as a variant of the word envegle from the Anglo-French enveogler. Ultimately it derives from the Vulgar Latin aboculus meaning "eyeless."