Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk. See Synonyms at lure.
  • transitive v. To obtain by cajolery: inveigled a free pass to museum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to convert, convince or win over with flattery or wiles
  • v. to obtain through guile or cunning

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lead astray as if blind; to persuade to something evil by deceptive arts or flattery; to entice; to insnare; to seduce; to wheedle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lead astray by making blind to the truth or to consequences; mislead by deception; entice into violation of duty, propriety, or self-interest: now usually with into.
  • Synonyms To cajole, beguile, lure, insnare, decoy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

Etymologies

Middle English envegle, alteration of Old French aveugler, to blind, from aveugle, blind, from Vulgar Latin *aboculus : Latin ab-, away from; + Latin oculus, eye (probably loan-translation of Gaulish exsops : exs-, from + ops, eye).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Again and again, by feint of foot and hand and body he continued to inveigle Sandel into leaping back, ducking, or countering.

    A PIECE OF STEAK

  • Several times Wolf Larsen tried to inveigle me into discussion, but

    Chapter 9

  • "Though he's lucky if he pulls even on it, or if he can inveigle a publisher to risk bringing it out."

    Chapter 32

  • He had led his mother there, step by step, and now when she stopped, he tried to inveigle her farther.

    The Bondage

  • By the way, let's check with Hillary whether there's still some way to inveigle Alawi into the top slot.

    Michael Brenner: Inside the Oval Office: The Middle East

  • It falls to you, therefore, to inveigle a well-heeled person of your acquaintance into scooping you up and whisking you away.

    How do I getā€¦ someone to take me on holiday in January

  • But it was rough even at the dawn of the new century when the Strokes emerged from the Lower East Side read: Dwight School with their post-punk guitars and biscuit-tin drums to capture a city's insouciant attitude and inveigle the rest of the country with it.

    Disco Donors, Punk Pioneers

  • Meanwhile, the company dispatched their own PR professionals to the region to deceive and inveigle and obfuscate, all while treating concerned locals to a public face that was a "diversion" by design.

    Bob Dudley, BP CEO, Blames Media For Creating "Climate Of Fear" In Gulf

  • That Janacek's magnum opus has yet to inveigle itself into the popular imagination is a mystery bordering on injustice.

    Janacek's Sinfonietta Strikes Deep Chords

  • One would think, in the case of Afghanistan, the U.S. would be well aware of its enemy's proficiency at guerrilla warfare, considering the CIA helped to inveigle the Soviets into invading Afghanistan, which President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski saw as an opportunity for "giving the USSR its Vietnam War."

    Michael Hughes: Obama's Vietnam

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  • This word sounds like someone trying to wiggle their way into your pocket.

    April 23, 2011

  • "Mulder, not everything is a labyrinth of dark conspiracy and not everybody is plotting to deceive, inveigle and obfuscate."
    X-files episode "Teliko"

    December 3, 2007