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[in-vey-guh l, -vee-] /ɪnˈveɪ gəl, -ˈvi-/
verb (used with object), inveigled, inveigling.
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
inveiglement, noun
inveigler, noun
uninveigled, adjective
1. induce, beguile, persuade. 2. wheedle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inveigle
Historical Examples
  • In vain she cast her eyes about in an effort to inveigle the sympathy of Lem Townsend.

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
  • He tried to inveigle me also into it, but I remained glum and silent.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • Therefore, the next morning, Cargrim called on the archdeacon's widow to inveigle her into persecuting Mrs Mosk with a call.

    The Bishop's Secret Fergus Hume
  • My plan will be to inveigle him into going over a ferry to "see a man."

  • Again and again I saw him there preening his feathers, and once or twice I tried to inveigle him into betraying his secret.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
  • We will inveigle ladies fair, and wed them in our secret cavern.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Though much admired by mammas this model young man was looked down upon by his sister's shop-girls, who had tried to inveigle him.

    Bureaucracy Honore de Balzac
  • We must, by some means, inveigle him to a place where you can work your sweet pleasure on him.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • While pretending to love me, you were secretly trying to inveigle that poor ignorant girl away from home.

    In the Shadow of the Hills George C. Shedd
  • Am I a Jasper that you seek thus to inveigle me into purchasing a gold-brick?

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for inveigle


/ɪnˈviːɡəl; -ˈveɪ-/
(transitive; often foll by into or an infinitive) to lead (someone into a situation) or persuade (to do something) by cleverness or trickery; cajole: to inveigle customers into spending more
Derived Forms
inveiglement, noun
inveigler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French avogler to blind, deceive, from avogle blind, from Medieval Latin ab oculis without eyes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inveigle

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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