verb[with object and adverbial]
- 1Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery: he inveigled her back to his roomMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 houseMore example sentences
- 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'.