Beguile Be*guile", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beguiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beguiling}.] 1. To delude by guile, artifice, or craft; to deceive or impose on, as by a false statement; to lure. [1913 Webster]

The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. --Gen. iii. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. To elude, or evade by craft; to foil. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause the time of to pass without notice; to relieve the tedium or weariness of; to while away; to divert. [1913 Webster]

Ballads . . . to beguile his incessant wayfaring. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To delude; deceive; cheat; insnare; mislead; amuse; divert; entertain. [1913 Webster]

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  • beguile — index bait (lure), betray (lead astray), bilk, cheat, circumvent, cloak, deceive …   Law dictionary

  • beguile — early 13c., from BE (Cf. be ) + GUILE (Cf. guile) (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling …   Etymology dictionary

  • beguile — ► VERB 1) charm, enchant, or trick. 2) archaic or literary help (time) pass pleasantly. DERIVATIVES beguiling adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • beguile — [bē gīl′, bigīl′] vt. beguiled, beguiling 1. to mislead by cheating or tricking; deceive 2. to deprive (someone) of or out of something by deceit; cheat [he was beguiled of his money] 3. to pass (time) pleasantly; while away [she beguiled her… …   English World dictionary

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  • beguile — UK [bɪˈɡaɪl] / US verb [transitive] Word forms beguile : present tense I/you/we/they beguile he/she/it beguiles present participle beguiling past tense beguiled past participle beguiled formal to persuade or trick someone into doing something,… …   English dictionary

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