to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.
to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
- be·guile·ment, noun
- be·guil·er, noun
- un·be·guiled, adjective
- un·be·guil·ing, adjective
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How to use beguile in a sentence
Its basic properties have beguiled curious minds as far back as Plato and Aristotle.Tetrahedron Solutions Finally Proved Decades After Computer Search | Kevin Hartnett | February 2, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
“If we get one mission there, Venus will beguile the world and more will follow,” Dyar says.Three ways scientists could search for life on Venus | Charlie Wood | October 1, 2020 | Popular-Science
The term remains a handy tag we stick on deeds which in our beguilement or cowardice we cannot or will not confront.Senseless. Evil. Silver Linings. Our Misguided Terms of Terror. | William Giraldi | April 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival was an ambitious beguilement.
The first-annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival was an ambitious beguilement.
Then followed much similar feminine beguilement; the faculty for which seems to be rather increased by the Jordan bath.Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4 | Various
"Don't go," said Esther, in a conventional prettiness, but no such beguilement as she had wafted through the telephone.The Prisoner | Alice Brown
The few sous spent upon such beguilement of long winter nights were most likely economized by some little deprivation.East of Paris | Matilda Betham-Edwards
In any case they must be taken for what they are: a beguilement of lone moments of leisure.Monumental Java | J. F. Scheltema
How abounding in beguilement are all his words, like lovers' sidelong glances, and honey of Hybla to the tongue!The Last Miracle | M. P. Shiel
British Dictionary definitions for beguile
to charm; fascinate
to delude; influence by slyness
(often foll by of or out of) to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
to pass pleasantly; while away
- beguilement, noun
- beguiler, noun
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