American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To deceive by guile; delude. See Synonyms at deceive.
- v. To take away from by or as if by guile; cheat: a disease that has beguiled me of strength.
- v. To distract the attention of; divert: "to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming” ( Abraham Lincoln).
- v. To pass (time) pleasantly.
- v. To amuse or charm; delight. See Synonyms at charm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To delude with guile; deceive; impose on by artifice or craft.
- To elude or check by artifice or craft; foil.
- To deprive of irksomeness or unpleasantness by diverting the mind; render unfelt; cause to pass insensibly and pleasantly; while away.
- To transform as if by charm or guile; charm.
- To entertain as with pastimes; amuse.
- To beguile of, to deprive of by guile or pleasing artifice.
- Synonyms Cheat, mislead, inveigle.
- 3–5. Amuse, Divert, etc. (see amuse); cheer, solace.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To delude by guile, artifice, or craft; to deceive or impose on, as by a false statement; to lure.
- v. obsolete To elude, or evade by craft; to foil.
- v. To cause the time of to pass without notice; to relieve the tedium or weariness of; to while away; to divert.
- v. attract; cause to be enamored
- v. influence by slyness
- be- + guile (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bigilen : bi-, be- + gilen, to deceive; see guile. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Princess! they are simple, and such as beguile tentmen and tentwomen shut in by the desert, their fancies tender as children's.”
“By strong delusion; such as beguile the soul with damnable doctrines, that swerve from faith and godliness, 'They have chosen their own ways,' saith God, 'and their soul delighteth in their abominations.”
“One of the tasks I saw was a spelling contest where the participants misspelt everything: faux pas became 'fohpa,' cyst became 'sest,' beguile 'begyal' and so on.”
“He had given the world an intoxicating insight into cooperation that would seduce and beguile generations of biologists: if genes were the key entities vying to get to the next generation, then it made sense for individuals to incur a cost if at the same time they conferred a benefit on relatives who carried the same genes.”
“He had no toys, nothing with which to beguile the long and tedious hours.”
“So simple that a child can love it, yet sophisticated enough to beguile adults, this is a masterpiece whose beauty cannot be fully appreciated in photographs or in a thousand words of praise.”
“She, like the serpent, has managed to beguile her baseless party .....”
“Mama said, "You will beguile many a folded finger, my cherub".”
“With the naturalist who ventures from England to discover if a fabled plant actually exists or is just the fantastical imaginings of an artist who wanted to beguile?”
“The opulance of the language will beguile anyone, SF or mudane, and nothing in the books is too startling for a mundane to absorb.”
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