- 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.
transitive verbinveigled, inveigling
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.