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

To convert, convince or win over with flattery or wiles.


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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