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?
What are some words that share a root or word element with beguile?
What are some words that often get used in discussing beguile?
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".
— Joe Cushnan(2019/2020 #ACNISupported) (@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?
She played a young woman hired to beguile a man, a natural fit for the natural beauty.
Blessed should I be if I could beguile a benighted traveller into safety!Willing to Die|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Thus lurk they under the name of the Church, and beguile silly creatures with their vain glozing.The Apology of the Church of England|John Jewel
When he was silent, I knew he was conceiving some surprise in the shape of a new fruit, or a new view to beguile me.Summer Cruising in the South Seas|Charles Warren Stoddard
That was apparently a short walk to our distant home, for there was abundant conversation and debate to beguile the way.
I had in this way rest for a day, and somewhat to beguile the time.Memoirs of Leonora Christina|Leonora Christina Ulfeldt