Be*guile" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beguiled (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Beguiling.]

1.

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. Gen. iii. 13.

2.

To elude, or evade by craft; to foil.

[Obs.]

When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage. Shak.

3.

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. W. Irving.

Syn. -- To delude; deceive; cheat; insnare; mislead; amuse; divert; entertain.

 

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