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.
‹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).