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to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of):
to be beguiled of money.
to charm or divert:
a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
to pass (time) pleasantly:
beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
Contemporary Examples

Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul’s Tabloid Terror Machine Clive Irving August 24, 2014
The Jazz Pianist That John F. Kennedy Saved Ted Gioia August 15, 2013
Answering Tomasky David Frum July 29, 2012
The Dalai Lama’s Great Escape Stephan Talty December 30, 2010
Christmas Music Sucks (Mostly), but Here’s a Playlist of Holiday Gems Malcolm Jones December 6, 2012

Historical Examples

Ruth Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
The Duke Of Chimney Butte G. W. Ogden
The Million-Dollar Suitcase Alice MacGowan
Floyd Grandon’s Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
The Trail of ’98 Robert W. Service

charming or fascinating
using slyness to delude someone
verb (transitive) -guiles, -guiling, -guiled
to charm; fascinate
to delude; influence by slyness
often foll by of or out of. to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
to pass pleasantly; while away


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