verb1 : to win over by wiles : entice 2 : to acquire by ingenuity or flattery :wangle
I was relieved when I finally managedto inveigle her assistant into fittingme into her schedule.
“… but now the industry is headeddown a path where more loathsomestrategies are being put in place to inveigle consumers to throw downtheir dough before learning whetheror not the game is actually worthbuying.” — Paul Tamburro, Craveonline.com, January 21, 2015
Did you know?
Inveigle, a word that dates from the 16th century, refers to the act of using clever talk, trickery, or flatteryeither to persuade somebody to do something or to obtain something. What could such a word possiblyhave to do with blindness? Inveiglecame to English from the Anglo-French verb enveegler, which means“to blind or hoodwink someone,” fromthe adjective enveugle, meaning“blind.” Enveugle derives from the Medieval Latin ab oculis, a phrasewhich literally translates to “lackingeyes.” You might say that a personwho is inveigled to do or give up something is too “blinded” by someone‘s words to know that he or she is being tricked.