inveigle

[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.

Nearby words

  1. invasive,
  2. invected,
  3. invective,
  4. invectively,
  5. inveigh,
  6. invenit,
  7. invent,
  8. invent the wheel,
  9. invention,
  10. inventive

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inveigling

inveigle

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 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 inveigling

inveigle

v.

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.

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