inveigle

[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
Related formsin·vei·gle·ment, nounin·vei·gler, nounun·in·vei·gled, adjective

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Historical Examples of inveigling

  • All is lost, for the sake of that inveigling, perfidious young Syren.

  • They have many ways of inveigling the artless and unthinking.

  • He heard her inveigling Antone, the old Italian labourer, into confidences.

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  • And would she indulge her own love by inveigling him she loved into a base marriage?

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    Anthony Trollope

  • No one should rightfully accuse him of inveigling the heir to marry his niece.

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British Dictionary definitions for inveigling

inveigle

verb
  1. (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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