Word of the DayThursday, May 22, 2003
\in-VAY-guhl; -VEE-\ , transitive verb;
To persuade by ingenuity or flattery; to entice.
To obtain by ingenuity or flattery.
Deep Blue had tried to inveigle Kasparov into grabbing several pawn offers, but the champion was not fooled.
-- Robert Byrne, "Kasparov and Computer Play to a Draw", New York Times, February 14, 1996
He used to tell one about Kevin Moran ringing him up pretending to be a French radio journalist and inveigling Cas, new in France, into parlaying his three words of French into an interview.
-- Tom Humphries, "Big Cas cameos will be missed", Irish Times, May 4, 2000
Once a soft touch for these ragged moralists who inveigled her into sparing them her change, Agnes began to cross the road, begging for some change in her circumstances.
-- Rachel Cusk, Saving Agnes
In fact, he spent the entire time in the car park, waiting for eye witnesses from whom to inveigle quotes he could use as his own.
-- Matthew Norman, "Diary", The Guardian, January 1, 2003
Inveigle comes from Anglo-French enveogler, from Old French aveugler, "to blind, to lead astray as if blind," from aveugle, "blind," from Medieval Latin ab oculis, "without eyes."
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