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Part of speech: verb

Origin: French, late 15th century


Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery.


(Inveigle oneself or one's way into) Gain entrance to (a place) by persuading (someone) with deception or flattery.

Examples of Inveigle in a sentence

"We must inveigle him into participating in the auction."

"Her name wasn't on the guest list, but she still inveigled her way into the party."

About Inveigle

You might claim that you made a good case for your request, but if your persuasion involved deception or flattery, you need to learn the verb "inveigle." It comes from the Old French verb "aveugler," meaning "to blind." Don't turn a blind eye to your true motivations.

Did you Know?

Inveigle is a verb that can be used with an object: "She inveigled him into giving her a better table." Or it can be used in a sense specifically related to gaining entry to a place: "He inveigled himself into the meeting room." Either way, there's some trickery afoot.

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