Definition of inveigle in English:


Syllabification: in·vei·gle
Pronunciation: /inˈvāgəl


[with object]
  • 1Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery: we cannot inveigle him into putting pen to paper
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    • The ego's greatest triumph is to inveigle us into believing its best interests are our best interests, and even into identifying our very survival with its own.
    • Only when she has managed to inveigle him into a marriage would the process of dismantling and rebuilding his character begin.
    • Emmy had even inveigled him to resume his incessant smoking once more.
    entice, tempt, lure, seduce, beguile; wheedle, cajole, coax, persuade
    informal sweet-talk, soft-soap, con, sucker, snow
  • 1.1 (inveigle oneself or one's way into) Gain entrance to (a place) by persuading (someone) with deception or flattery.
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    • He said that they made him feel welcome and he had an ulterior motive in inveigling himself into their company.
    • In an echo of Potter's earlier ‘visitation’ plays, Kitchen's character, Martin, inveigles himself into people's lives and homes by cold reading them like a stage hypnotist.
    • In this case the protagonists are two brothers - weak, aimless Aston and aggressive, controlling Mick - and Davies, the tramp who inveigles himself into their lives.



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  • Spokes said it with an air of either respect or inveiglement.


late 15th century (in the sense 'beguile, deceive'; formerly also as enveigle): from Anglo-Norman French envegler, alteration of Old French aveugler 'to blind', from aveugle 'blind'.

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