A Word A Day : Beguile

Wednesday, 5th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb )

Pronunciation : bi-gil

1. To mislead or deceive somebody ( literary )

2. To rob somebody of something, or cheat somebody out of something ( literary )

3. To pass time in a pleasant way ( literary )

4. To win and hold somebody's attention, interest or devotion


Middle English bigilen : bi-, be- + gilen, to deceive


entice, lure, charm, captivate, mesmerize, hypnotize, fascinate, enthrall, put under a spell, appeal to, attract


put off, threaten

Contextual Examples:

• I suffered a disease that has beguiled me of strength.

Related Words:

1.Beguilement : Noun

2.Beguiler : Noun

3.Beguilingly : Adverb

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