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beguile

Syllabification: be·guile
Pronunciation: /bəˈɡīl
 
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Definition of beguile in English:

verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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!
Synonyms
1.1Trick (someone) into doing something: they were beguiled into signing a peace treaty
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
entertain, amuse, delight, please, occupy, absorb, engage, distract, divert, fascinate, enthrall, engross

Origin

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

Derivatives

beguilement

1
noun
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.

beguiler

2
noun
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.

beguilingly

3
adverb
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.

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