beguile

[bih-gahyl]

verb (used with object), be·guiled, be·guil·ing.

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.

Origin of beguile

First recorded in 1175–1225, beguile is from the Middle English word bigilen. See be-, guile
Related formsbe·guile·ment, nounbe·guil·er, nounun·be·guiled, adjectiveun·be·guil·ing, adjective

Synonyms for beguile

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Contemporary Examples of beguilement

Historical Examples of beguilement

  • In any case they must be taken for what they are: a beguilement of lone moments of leisure.

    Monumental Java

    J. F. Scheltema

  • In her tones was beguilement, in her eyes the lure of an evil thing.

    Banked Fires

    E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi

  • Ministers in turn have defensively adopted the arts of beguilement, varied by an exercise of the police.

  • He began with the arts of beguilement, and left nothing undone to win the confidence and affection of the Toledan nobles.

  • An interesting couple for the beguilement of a voyage: she so beautifully moderates his irascible incisiveness!



British Dictionary definitions for beguilement

beguile

verb -guiles, -guiling or -guiled (tr)

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
Derived Formsbeguilement, nounbeguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguilement

beguile

v.

early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling.

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