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.
transitive verb-·gled, -·gling
Origin of inveigleLate 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 + oculus, an eye
transitive verbin·vei·gled, in·vei·gling, in·vei·gles
- To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk: He inveigled a friend into becoming his tennis partner.
- To obtain by cajolery: inveigled a free pass to the museum.
Origin of inveigleMiddle 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 translation of Gaulish exsops ) ( exs- from ) ( ops eye ); see okw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present inveigles, present participle inveigling, simple past and past participle inveigled)
- Sometimes confused with inveigh.