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-.
- (transitive) To convert, convince, or win over with flattery or wiles.
- 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 19:
- She described with the most vivid minuteness the agonies of the country families whom he had ruined—the sons whom he had plunged into dishonour and poverty—the daughters whom he had inveigled into perdition.
- Sometimes confused with inveigh.