beguile

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  • begyle [from the Middle English period through the 16th century]

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From Middle English begilen, begylen, equivalent to be- +‎ guile. Compare Middle Dutch beghijlen (to beguile). See also bewile.

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beguile (third-person singular simple present beguiles, present participle beguiling, simple past and past participle beguiled)

  1. (transitive) To deceive or delude (using guile).
  2. (transitive) To charm, delight or captivate.
    • 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
      I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.

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