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[ bih-gahyl ]

verb (used with object)

, be·guiled, be·guil·ing.
  1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.

    Synonyms: cheat, deceive

  2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of ):

    to be beguiled of money.

  3. to charm or divert:

    a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.

    Synonyms: entertain, amuse

  4. to pass (time) pleasantly:

    beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.


/ bɪˈɡaɪl /


  1. to charm; fascinate
  2. to delude; influence by slyness
  3. often foll byof or out of to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
  4. to pass pleasantly; while away

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Derived Forms

  • beˈguilement, noun
  • beˈguiler, noun

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Other Words From

  • be·guilement noun
  • be·guiler noun
  • unbe·guiled adjective
  • unbe·guiling adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of beguile1

First recorded in 1175–1225, beguile is from the Middle English word bigilen. See be-, guile

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Example Sentences

Elicited by sunlight at dusk or dawn, and juxtaposed with more emphatic hues, shades of pink can beguile and tantalize.

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.

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."

Beside the provisions lay the flute, whose notes had lately been called forth by the lonely watcher to beguile a tedious hour.


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More About Beguile

What does beguile mean?

Beguile means to mislead through trickery or flattery, or to deceive someone in order to swindle them out of something.

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.

All senses of the word can imply a sense of magic or enchantment. There are several similar verbs that often have magical feel, such as charm, enchant, bewitch, enrapture, and enthrall.

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)

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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.



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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym for beguile?

A. cheat
B. mislead
C. charm
D. disgust




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