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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.

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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  1. charming or fascinating
  2. using slyness to delude someone
Derived Formsbeguilingly, adverb


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

c.1400, present participle adjective from beguile.



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

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