- The definition of inveigle is to convince someone to do something by coaxing or through the use of flattery.
When you con an invitation to a party out of someone by going on and on about what a good hostess she is, this is an example of a situation where you inveigle an invitation.
Origin: L Middle English invegelen, altered (after in-) from Middle French aveugler, to blind, delude from aveugle, blind from Late Latin an unverified form aboculus, blind from Classical Latin ab, from plush oculus, an eye
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transitive verb in·vei·gled, in·vei·gling, in·vei·gles
- To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk. See Synonyms at lure.
- To obtain by cajolery: inveigled a free pass to the museum.
Origin: Middle English envegle, alteration of Old French aveugler, to blind, from aveugle, blind, from Vulgar Latin *aboculus : Latin ab-, away from; see ab-1 + Latin oculus, eye (probably loan-translation of Gaulish exsops : exs-, from + ops, eye); see okw- in Indo-European roots.
- in·veiˈgle·ment noun
- in·veiˈgler noun