[ in-vey-guhl, -vee- ]
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verb (used with object),in·vei·gled, in·vei·gling.
  1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge.

  2. 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

Other words for inveigle

Other words from inveigle

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for inveigle


/ (ɪnˈviːɡəl, -ˈveɪ-) /

  1. (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

Origin of inveigle

C15: from Old French avogler to blind, deceive, from avogle blind, from Medieval Latin ab oculis without eyes

Derived forms of inveigle

  • inveiglement, noun
  • inveigler, noun

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