beguile /bɪˈɡʌɪl/

b

I. verb [with obj.]

1. charm or enchant (someone), often in a deceptive way

he beguiled the voters with his good looks.
2. trick (someone) into doing something

they were beguiled into signing a peace treaty.
3.
‹literary› help (time) pass pleasantly

to beguile some of the time they went to the cinema.
II. derivatives

1. beguilement /bɪˈɡʌɪlmənt /
noun


2. beguiler /bɪˈɡʌɪlə /
noun


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

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