verb (used with object), be·guiled, be·guil·ing.
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Origin of beguile
OTHER WORDS FROM beguilebe·guile·ment, nounbe·guil·er, nounun·be·guiled, adjectiveun·be·guil·ing, adjective
Words nearby beguile
What does beguile mean?
Beguile can also mean to charm in a good way—you can be beguiled by an interesting person or a book that really captures your imagination, for example. Someone or something that’s charming in such a way can be described as beguiling.
Example: He beguiled his victims with a charm that left them unable to see the deception that was taking place.
Where does beguile come from?
The first records of beguile in English come from around 1200. It comes from the Middle English word bigilen. It’s based on the word guile, which can mean “cleverness,” “craftiness,” or “deceptiveness.” The prefix be- is used to form verbs and in this case means “to affect completely or excessively” (it’s found in words like bewitch and bedazzle).
If you have been beguiled by someone, it means you have fallen under their charm. When used this way, the term often implies that their hold on you is like some kind of magic. Whether it’s good magic or bad magic depends on what their motives are. Sometimes, they’re pure, and the experience is enchanting. Other times, the beguiler’s intentions are evil, and they are trying to trick you into doing something. Con artists and swindlers beguile. If you have been beguiled of something, it means it has been taken from you through some form of deception.
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What are some other forms related to beguile?
- beguiling (adjective)
- beguiler (noun)
- beguilement (noun)
- unbeguiled (adjective)
What are some synonyms for beguile?
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How is beguile used in real life?
Beguile is often used in a negative way to refer to the act of deceiving people. But it’s also commonly used to refer to a positive kind of charming.
Polly Toynbee wisdom: "Never be beguiled by false promises of simplicity, because people's circumstances don't come in one size".
— @JoeCushnan (Sometimes words can serve me well…) (@JoeCushnan) November 13, 2010
Happy bday writer/teacher Mary Ellen Chase, b.1887 in ME.
“It is quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person – beguiled, enchanted.” “The greatest danger in any argument is real issues often are clouded by superficial ones”
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 24, 2020
love to be beguiled……….. hate to be befuddled
— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) December 15, 2018
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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym for beguile?
Example sentences from the Web for beguile
Will she beguile him into poor judgment, sidetracking his revenge crusade?
Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Saladby Nigella Lawson The star chef combines improbable ingredients that beguile the palate.
The flavors beguile the palate, at once salty and sweet, light and rich, savory and refreshing.
She played a young woman hired to beguile a man, a natural fit for the natural beauty.
At night, I sat a long time on the deck, listening to the sea songs with which the crew beguile the evening watch.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
All day long I sully sheet after sheet of paper and beguile the tedious hours with the half-faded recollections of my childhood.
Seeing her come back to life I gave her more flowers and sang to her, endeavouring to beguile her.
He replied, "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels."Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
Beside the provisions lay the flute, whose notes had lately been called forth by the lonely watcher to beguile a tedious hour.Far from the Madding Crowd|Thomas Hardy