to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge.
to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person.
- in·vei·gle·ment, noun
- in·vei·gler, noun
- un·in·vei·gled, adjective
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How to use inveigle in a sentence
No, sir; the policy is to inveigle the people of the North into civil war, by masking the design in smooth and ambiguous terms.A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention | Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Thus the German princess always endeavoured to inveigle the friends of the people.
I have spent them in the company of villains, who, for some purpose of their own, are striving to inveigle me in their plots.Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
If I could only inveigle my tormentors into the trap, they might be caught there longer than they liked.The Passenger from Calais | Arthur Griffiths
After vainly trying to inveigle Locke into a fault, the government resolved to punish him without one.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for inveigle
(tr; often foll by into or an infinitive) to lead (someone into a situation) or persuade (to do something) by cleverness or trickery; cajole: to inveigle customers into spending more
- inveiglement, noun
- inveigler, noun
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