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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
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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Examples for beguiling
  • But you can have a beguiling meal here and never taste a pie.
  • Rousing at outdoor rallies, in a small group he is disarmingly casual, even beguiling.
  • Wisely again, he does not stray too far down that beguiling track.
  • The rover sent home a beguiling but frustrating panorama showing a line of low hills to the southeast.
  • Commerce abhors a vacuum, and it appears that this beguiling island cannot indefinitely resist development.
  • The beguiling simplicity of crêpes is the secret of their lasting popularity.
  • But the game is both challenging and beguiling without them.
  • For many people, few places are as beguiling as an island.
  • The flowers are so beguiling in form, they are sure to please.
  • The idea of changing the world by voting with your trolley may be beguiling.
British Dictionary definitions for beguiling

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

beguiling

/bɪˈɡaɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
charming or fascinating
2.
using slyness to delude someone
Derived Forms
beguilingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for beguiling
beguile
early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Pp. adj. beguiling is recorded from c.1400.
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