Inveigle In*vei"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inveigled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inveigling}.] [Prob. fr. F. aveugler to blind, to delude, OF. aveugler, avugler, avegler, fr. F. aveugle blind, OF. aveugle, avugle, properly, without eyes, fr. L. ab + oculus eye. The pref. in- seems to have been substituted for a- taken as the pref. F. [`a], L. ad. See {Ocular}.] To lead astray as if blind; to persuade to something evil by deceptive arts or flattery; to entice; to insnare; to seduce; to wheedle. [1913 Webster]

Yet have they many baits and guileful spells To inveigle and invite the unwary sense. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • inveigle — in·vei·gle /in vā gəl, vē / vt in·vei·gled, in·vei·gling: to lure by false representations or other deceit whoever unlawfully...inveigle s, decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries away and holds for ransom or reward or otherwise any person...shall… …   Law dictionary

  • inveigle — ► VERB (usu. inveigle someone into) ▪ persuade by deception or flattery. DERIVATIVES inveiglement noun. ORIGIN Old French aveugler to blind …   English terms dictionary

  • inveigle — (v.) late 15c., to blind (someone s) judgment, alteration of M.Fr. aveugler delude, make blind, from V.L. *aboculus without sight, blind, from L. ab without (see AB (Cf. ab )) + oculus eye (see EYE (Cf. eye) (n.)). Loan translation of Gk …   Etymology dictionary

  • inveigle — decoy, entice, iure, tempt, seduce Analogous words: snare, ensnare, trap, entrap (see CATCH): beguile, mislead, delude, *deceive, betray: cajole, wheedle, blandish, *coax …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inveigle — The recommended pronunciation of this verb meaning ‘to entice or persuade by guile’ is in vay gǝl rather than the alternative in vee gǝl …   Modern English usage

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  • inveigle — [in vā′gəl, invē′gəl] vt. inveigled, inveigling [LME invegelen, altered (after IN 1) < MFr aveugler, to blind, delude < aveugle, blind < LL * aboculus, blind < L ab, from + oculus, an EYE] to lead on with deception; entice or trick… …   English World dictionary

  • inveigle — v. (d; tr.) to inveigle into; out of (to inveigle smb. into doing smt.) * * * out of (to inveigle smb. into doing smt.) (d; tr.) to inveigle into …   Combinatory dictionary

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  • inveigle — UK [ɪnˈveɪɡ(ə)l] / US / UK [ɪnˈviːɡ(ə)l] / US [ɪnˈvɪɡ(ə)l] verb Word forms inveigle : present tense I/you/we/they inveigle he/she/it inveigles present participle inveigling past tense inveigled past participle inveigled Phrasal verbs: inveigle… …   English dictionary

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