Definition of inveigle in English:


Line breaks: in|vei¦gle
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈviːɡ(ə)l
, ɪnˈveɪɡ(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.


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

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