[in-vey-guhl, -vee-]

verb (used with object), in·vei·gled, in·vei·gling.

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.

Origin of inveigle

1485–95; variant of envegle < Anglo-French enveogler, equivalent to en- en-1 + Old French (a)vogler to blind, derivative of avogle blind < Vulgar Latin *aboculus eyeless, adj. derivative of phrase *ab oculīs without eyes. See ab-, ocular
Related formsin·vei·gle·ment, nounin·vei·gler, nounun·in·vei·gled, adjective

Synonyms for inveigle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inveigle

Historical Examples of inveigle

  • We will inveigle ladies fair, and wed them in our secret cavern.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • He tried to inveigle me also into it, but I remained glum and silent.


    Leo Tolstoy

  • My plan will be to inveigle him into going over a ferry to "see a man."

  • We must, by some means, inveigle him to a place where you can work your sweet pleasure on him.

  • Am I a Jasper that you seek thus to inveigle me into purchasing a gold-brick?

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

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; cajoleto inveigle customers into spending more
Derived Formsinveiglement, nouninveigler, noun

Word Origin for inveigle

C15: from Old French avogler to blind, deceive, from avogle blind, from Medieval Latin ab oculis without eyes
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Word Origin and History for inveigle

late 15c., "to blind (someone's) judgment," alteration of Middle French aveugler "delude, make blind," from Vulgar Latin *aboculus "without sight, blind," from Latin ab- "without" (see ab-) + oculus "eye" (see eye (n.)). Loan-translation of Greek ap ommaton "without eyes." Meaning "to win over by deceit, seduce" is 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper