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beguile

[bih-gahyl] /bɪˈgaɪl/
verb (used with object), beguiled, beguiling.
1.
to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
2.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of):
to be beguiled of money.
3.
to charm or divert:
a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
4.
to pass (time) pleasantly:
beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
Origin of beguile
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English bigilen. See be-, guile
Related forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
unbeguiled, adjective
unbeguiling, adjective
Synonyms
1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain.
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  • He began with the arts of beguilement, and left nothing undone to win the confidence and affection of the Toledan nobles.

  • In her tones was beguilement, in her eyes the lure of an evil thing.

    Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • In any case they must be taken for what they are: a beguilement of lone moments of leisure.

    Monumental Java J. F. Scheltema
  • An interesting couple for the beguilement of a voyage: she so beautifully moderates his irascible incisiveness!

  • Ministers in turn have defensively adopted the arts of beguilement, varied by an exercise of the police.

  • He had so far been the victim of the sex, and in his own small way had suffered scorn and beguilement enough.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • But she is deceived by her own false valuation; she can only see herself in the image that she makes for the beguilement of man.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • How abounding in beguilement are all his words, like lovers' sidelong glances, and honey of Hybla to the tongue!

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
British Dictionary definitions for beguilement

beguile

/bɪˈɡaɪl/
verb (transitive) -guiles, -guiling, -guiled
1.
to charm; fascinate
2.
to delude; influence by slyness
3.
often foll by of or out of. to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
4.
to pass pleasantly; while away
Derived Forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguilement

beguile

v.

early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling.

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