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beguile

[bih-gahyl]
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verb (used with object), be·guiled, be·guil·ing.
  1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
  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.
  4. to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
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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

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Related Words for beguiler

hypocrite, impersonator, cheat, faker, sham, fake, sharper, actor, mountebank, imitator, shyster, phony, pretender, quack, fraud, trickster, deceiver, pseudo, mimic, charlatan

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Historical Examples of beguiler

  • They make him alternately the creature and beguiler of the King.

    Christopher Columbus and How He Received and Imparted the Spirit of Discovery

    Justin Winsor

  • And he called Herodotus a thief and a beguiler, and “the same with intent to deceive,” as one of their own poets writes.

  • The story of Cleopatra, the beguiler of Mark Antony, is too well known to need repeating here.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard


British Dictionary definitions for beguiler

beguile

verb -guiles, -guiling or -guiled (tr)
  1. to charm; fascinate
  2. to delude; influence by slyness
  3. (often foll by of or out of) to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
  4. to pass pleasantly; while away
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Derived Formsbeguilement, nounbeguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguiler

beguile

v.

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

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