inveigle

[ in-vey-guhl, -vee- ]
/ ɪnˈveɪ gəl, -ˈvi- /

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 forms

in·vei·gle·ment, nounin·vei·gler, nounun·in·vei·gled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for inveiglement

  • Erma, then, has not been a party to the inveiglement of this young man?

    Overshadowed|Sutton E. Griggs

British Dictionary definitions for inveiglement

inveigle

/ (ɪnˈviːɡəl, -ˈveɪ-) /

verb

(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 Forms

inveiglement, 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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