Definition of inveigle in English:


Line breaks: in|vei¦gle
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈviːg(ə)l
, ɪnˈveɪg(ə)l


[with object and adverbial]
  • 1Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery: he inveigled her back to his room
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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.
    cajole, wheedle, coax, persuade, convince, talk; tempt, lure, allure, entice, ensnare, seduce, flatter, beguile, dupe, fool
    North American informal sucker
    archaic blandish
  • 1.1 (inveigle oneself or one's way into) Gain entrance to (a place) by using deception or flattery: Jones had inveigled himself into her house
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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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