Definition of beguile in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈɡīl/


[with object]
1Charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way: every prominent American artist has been beguiled by Maine (as adjective beguiling) a beguiling smile
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  • If Hart hadn't swept our dear girl Stella off her feet, I might have to try and beguile her with my charm.
  • Her smile beguiled Paul, and for a very brief second he forgot what he was supposed to do.
  • It kept calling him… beguiling him… spellbinding him!
charm, attract, enchant, entrance, win over, woo, captivate, bewitch, spellbind, dazzle, hypnotize, mesmerize, seduce
1.1Trick (someone) into doing something: they were beguiled into signing a peace treaty
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  • Worse yet, these ‘other’ people are beguiled into actually believing this nonsense.
  • The answer is that he was beguiled into thinking about language and the world in terms of a particular model.
  • She said that her son had been beguiled into joining the Sikh bands, but was not a Sikh at heart.
2 dated Help (time) pass pleasantly: to beguile some of the time they went to the movie theater
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  • By the way, in those times cards were not only a means to beguile the time, but also a symbol of the society structure: hearts embodied the priests, diamonds meant the bourgeoisie, spades represented officers and aristocracy, clubs referred to the peasants.
  • To beguile the time he talks of Transylvanian history with the mayor.
  • Books should beguile the time.
entertain, amuse, delight, please, occupy, absorb, engage, distract, divert, fascinate, enthrall, engross



Pronunciation: /bəˈɡīlmənt/
Example sentences
  • The difficulty does not reside in any beguilement of the court into looking more tenderly on such who breach their contracts, glamorous though they often are.
  • In an effort to take some of the beguilement out of her young eyes, I make light of your dark and somber task.


Pronunciation: /bəˈɡīlər/
Example sentences
  • All the actors are superb, but Tena is the chief beguiler.
  • Like accounts of practical jokes, such narratives focus on issues of belief, beguilers, and the beguiled.
  • They held him guilty of acts of sorcery; they thought him a wicked beguiler of the common people.


Pronunciation: /bəˈɡīliNGlē/
Example sentences
  • Just as the world is being over taken by photography, something as beguilingly simple as Ross's work comes along and reminds you of the power of painting.
  • The water can be beguilingly beautiful.
  • Fortunately, at his best Faber writes so beguilingly that we enjoy the journey even if we never quite reach the promised destination.


Middle English (in the sense 'deceive, deprive of by fraud'): from be- 'thoroughly' + obsolete guile 'to deceive' (see guile).

Words that rhyme with beguile

aisle, Argyle, awhile, bile, Carlisle, Carlyle, compile, De Stijl, ensile, file, guile, I'll, interfile, isle, Kabyle, kyle, lisle, Lyle, Mikhail, mile, Nile, pile, rank-and-file, resile, rile, Ryle, Sieg Heil, smile, spile, stile, style, tile, vile, Weil, while, wile, worthwhile

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Syllabification: be·guile

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