inveigle

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Etymology[edit]

  • Early corruption of French aveugler (to blind, to delude), from aveugle (blind), from the Old French avugle (without eyes), from Latin ab + oculus (eye). The in- might be from other a-/en- variations found in Middle English, which was then latinised into in-.

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inveigle (third-person singular simple present inveigles, present participle inveigling, simple past and past participle inveigled)

  1. (transitive) to convert, convince or win over with flattery or wiles
    • 1835, William Gilmore Simms, The Partisan, Harper, Chapter XVIII, page 228:
      Say he's been misguided by the rebels, and how they've inveigled him, till he's turned rebel himself; and how he's now out with Marion's men, in Major Singleton's squad.
  2. (transitive) to obtain through guile or cunning

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