Inveigle Definition

ĭn-vāgəl, -vē-
inveigled, inveigles, inveigling
inveigled, inveigles, inveigling
To lead on with deception; entice or trick into doing or giving something, going somewhere, etc.
Webster's New World
To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk.
He inveigled a friend into becoming his tennis partner.
American Heritage
To obtain by cajolery.
Inveigled a free pass to the museum.
American Heritage
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.

To obtain through guile or cunning.


Origin of Inveigle

  • Middle English envegle alteration of Old French aveugler to blind from aveugle blind from Vulgar Latin aboculus Latin ab- away from ab–1 Latin oculus eye (probably translation of Gaulish exsops) (exs- from) (ops eye) okw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Early corruption of French aveugler (“to blind, to delude”), from aveugle (“blind”), from the Old French avugle (“without eyes”), from Latin ab + oculus (“eye”). The in- might be from other a-/en- variations found in Middle English, which was then latinised into in-.

    From Wiktionary

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