beguile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beguile attract; cause to be enamored "She captured all the men's hearts"
    • v beguile influence by slyness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beguile To cause the time of to pass without notice; to relieve the tedium or weariness of; to while away; to divert. "Ballads . . . to beguile his incessant wayfaring."
    • Beguile To delude by guile, artifice, or craft; to deceive or impose on, as by a false statement; to lure. "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."
    • Beguile To elude, or evade by craft; to foil. "When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beguile To delude with guile; deceive; impose on by artifice or craft.
    • beguile To elude or check by artifice or craft; foil.
    • beguile To deprive of irksomeness or unpleasantness by diverting the mind; render unfelt; cause to pass insensibly and pleasantly; while away.
    • beguile To transform as if by charm or guile; charm.
    • beguile To entertain as with pastimes; amuse.
    • beguile To beguile of, to deprive of by guile or pleasing artifice.
    • beguile Synonyms Cheat, mislead, inveigle.
    • beguile Amuse, Divert, etc. (see amuse); cheer, solace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Beguile be-gīl′ to cheat or deceive: to divert attention from anything tedious or painful: to divert or amuse: to wile any one into some course
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Quotations

  • Laurence Sterne
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    “The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Guile.

Usage

In literature:

He relates battles and skirmishes as from an eyewitness, when his eyes thievishly beguiled a ballad of them.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Another way of beguiling the tedious hours, is to get a cosy seat somewhere, and fall into as snug a little reverie as you can.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
Thus did joy beguile us into a false sense of security.
"A Set of Rogues" by Frank Barrett
Bethesda, till the Angel stirred the water, expecting a good hour, they step between, and beguile us of our preferment.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Disease was too deeply seated to be beguiled away.
"Our Gift" by Teachers of the School Street Universalist Sunday School, Boston
And now let me beguile the dull weather by giving you a sketch of my journey from Seville hither.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
Rollo and Lucy asked Jonas if he would not tell them a story, as they went along, to beguile the way.
"Rollo at Play" by Jacob Abbott
How much was right in all this that was outwardly so beguiling, and where did the "serving Mammon" begin?
"A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life." by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
You were beguiled into some eating-house.
"The Rome Express" by Arthur Griffiths
Or am I to be blamed, if thy beauty still beguiles me as it did long ago?
"An Essence Of The Dusk, 5th Edition" by F. W. Bain
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In poetry:

I watched the daw
On the branch, beguiled:
I saw a vagrant
From the wild.
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
The idiot could be beguiled
by picking blackberries,
but then threw them away.
The shrunken seamstress smiled.
"A Summer’s Dream" by Elizabeth Bishop
Dimpled hands and dimpled cheeks,
Dimpled chin beguiling;
Rows of gleaming, pearly teeth,
Rosy lips a smiling.
"Beatrice" by Ella Fraser Weller
His father oft with little John
Beguil'd the hours away,
To watch his little fav'rite son,
Enjoy his childish play;
"On The Death of a Child" by James McCauley
I love thee--oh! I love thee,
With fervor, deep and wild,
Thy beauty's charm most strangely,
My spirit hath beguiled.
"I Love Thee" by James Avis Bartley
And she had got a child in her arms,
It was her only child,
And oft its little infant pranks
Her heavy heart beguiled.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Sitting on the porch, after dusk, one is beguiled by the plaintive songs of the whip- poor-will and the Bobwhite quail.
"The body you are wearing used to be mine," reads the letter that begins "The Rook ," a beguiling and inventive first novel.
There's always been something beguiling about "Alice in Wonderland" - intrigue, otherworldliness and above all creativity and artistry.
The first thing to say about Roger Fry, the English art critic and painter, is that he was one of the most beguiling human beings I have ever known.
Cast, visuals, storyline will 'beguile' audiences.
In a secluded corner of the Scottish Highlands, on nearly the same latitude as Juneau, Alaska, lays a golf course of compelling beauty, fascinating history and beguiling challenge.
In the days before MGM cartoons, you see, Tom and Jerry was a drink, an utterly beguiling thing served hot and foamy in little china shaving mugs that had a way of starting a glow where you needed it most.
Topsy -turvy games continue to beguile.
Topsy-turvy games continue to beguile.
The Victorian artworks found on Forbes@Christies.com are certainly beautiful to behold, but there's something even more beguiling about their titles.
Sitting on the porch, after dusk, one is beguiled by the plaintive songs of the whip-poor-will and the Bobwhite quail.
Kathleen Turner oozes charisma in this beguiling production.
At 100, a pool table named 'Big Bertha ' remains beguiling.
Powerful man, beguiling woman: The combination has been sabotaging national interests since the days of Troy.
Ever been so beguiled by that classic holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," that you wish you could step onstage and be a part of it.
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In science:

The syntax of the λ-calculus is beguilingly simple.
Temperley-Lieb Algebra: From Knot Theory to Logic and Computation via Quantum Mechanics
Cosmologists became attracted to the beguiling simplicity of a universe in which virtually all of the energy density consists of some form of matter, about 4% being ordinary matter and 96% dark matter.
The Dark Age of the Universe
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