Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Definitions for beguile
- To influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
- To take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.
- To charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
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Citations for beguile
Donovan was going to have to beguile Peter, but he hoped he wouldn't have to beguile Alex as well. It was a bad precedent to set, and he liked the honesty between the two of them.
Sentences and sententiae alike charm and beguile even jaded undergraduates. Who but can marvel at such craftsmanship as these words incarnate…
Origin of beguile
Beguile is derived from the Middle English word bigilen, from the root guile meaning "insidious cunning."