Definition of inveigle in US English:



  • 1with object and adverbial Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery.

    ‘we cannot inveigle him into putting pen to paper’
    • ‘Using his popularity and powers of persuasion, he inveigled a number of his teammates to enroll with him in the genetics course.’
    • ‘In each of these institutional developments Kay met with and overcame opposition and faint-heartedness, rallied the support of the faithful, inveigled co-operation, and prevailed.’
    • ‘When he was only a year old his mother inveigled a family friend, a 20-year-old dropout from the University of Minnesota, to take the lead role in a local play.’
    • ‘Bobynin resists being inveigled into the regime's games.’
    • ‘Only when she has managed to inveigle him into a marriage would the process of dismantling and rebuilding his character begin.’
    • ‘He laughed easily, inveigling those around him into the shared complicity of his humour.’
    • ‘Unsuspecting tourists are often inveigled into these institutions by local tourist guides who are hand-in-glove with the anti-social elements.’
    • ‘The dog makes one last attempt to inveigle her into a game of ‘fetch’, and fails to move her.’
    • ‘The article related the story of a teenager who'd come to Father Shanley for counseling in the 1970s and was inveigled into a game of strip poker.’
    • ‘A French girl is inveigled to Buenos Aires and then forced to work as a prostitute by local gangsters.’
    • ‘Newton had been inveigled into publishing his explanation of the rainbow, asserting that the colours of the rainbow are generated from white light (as from the Sun) merely because they are ‘differently refrangible’.’
    • ‘Eventually the inebriated band were inveigled to call at a particular tavern where Hunter's hired help had made prior arrangements.’
    • ‘Equally, the somewhat vulgar individuals known as ‘bar reps’ will attempt to inveigle you into participating in all manner of hideous rituals, known collectively as ‘drinking games’.’
    • ‘I deplore the fact that, from Beijing to Belfast, youngsters are inveigled into putting themselves in the front line of politics even when bullets are involved.’
    • ‘Much of the corridor gossip centred on the success of Justice Minister in inveigling his cabinet colleagues to hold a special meeting in his beloved South Kerry next Monday.’
    • ‘I made some suggestions about how the men might be inveigled into such a discussion.’
    • ‘In her early 20s, Dido realised she wanted a career in music and inveigled her elder brother Rollo, founder of the successful dance group Faithless, into giving her a job as a backing singer.’
    • ‘Emmy had even inveigled him to resume his incessant smoking once more.’
    • ‘The ego's greatest triumph is to inveigle us into believing its best interests are our best interests, and even into identifying our very survival with its own.’
    • ‘Once, after inveigling my way, wide-eyed, into the great man's company, I asked him how a man who was as emaciated as he was found the energy to fight as he did.’
    cajole, wheedle, coax, persuade, convince, talk
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    1. 1.1inveigle oneself" or "one's way into Gain entrance to (a place) by persuading (someone) with deception or flattery.
      • ‘Bad corporations have long been inveigling their way into the pubic mind.’
      • ‘Meena manages to inveigle her way into Anita's gang, but exams, puberty and an undercurrent of racism in their small community turns the friendship sour.’
      • ‘He said that they made him feel welcome and he had an ulterior motive in inveigling himself into their company.’
      • ‘It's like trying to inveigle myself into the best house ever, and yet knowing all the time that no matter how great I am, there'll always be someone they like better than me.’
      • ‘He inveigled himself into the workings of the claimant company indicating to them that he was a solicitor and could assist them in litigation with which they were involved.’
      • ‘In an echo of Potter's earlier ‘visitation’ plays, Kitchen's character, Martin, inveigles himself into people's lives and homes by cold reading them like a stage hypnotist.’
      • ‘He determines to extract the secret from the Countess and inveigle himself into Lisa's good graces.’
      • ‘Bewitched by Sylvia's beauty, he inveigled himself into her life, throwing his money around and trying to manage the family's affairs while her husband Arthur stoically accepted it.’
      • ‘The next section of the book brings in a ‘retired’ Japanese Army officer, who despite having been involved in the Death Railway has somehow inveigled himself into a position of power in Thai society.’
      • ‘The boys inveigled their way into an open safe in the bank and then set off.’
      • ‘In The Caretaker, Davies, the manipulative tramp, attempts to inveigle his way into the slow-witted Aston's flat.’
      • ‘Nigel is a scriptwriter, Julian a budding actor; they share an apartment and spend their days trying desperately to inveigle their way into the film business.’
      • ‘In desperate straits, Nancy senses an opportunity to play on the gratitude of the college and so she and Jake travel to England to inveigle themselves into St Maud's.’
      • ‘The first question asked whether I felt that it was a matter of amusement that Mohammed said he was Italian, in order to inveigle his way into the affections of a New Zealand woman.’
      • ‘In this case the protagonists are two brothers - weak, aimless Aston and aggressive, controlling Mick - and Davies, the tramp who inveigles himself into their lives.’
      • ‘She inveigles herself into their lives and seduces or enraptures each of them before vanishing.’
      • ‘Roy, looking sharp in a grey suit, had managed to inveigle his way into City Hall through the side entrance.’
      • ‘It purports to be a tale about a man who inveigles himself into a false identity, but this aspect of the plot never emerges clearly.’
      • ‘In Eden Satan inveigled himself at the level of man's trust, asking ‘Hath God said?’’
      • ‘You inveigled yourself into the home of a lady.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘beguile, deceive’; formerly also as enveigle): from Anglo-Norman French envegler, alteration of Old French aveugler ‘to blind’, from aveugle ‘blind’.