Community Comment

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012, 3:45 A.M.

Word of the day — beguile

Word of the Day for Wednesday, July 18, 2012

beguile \bih-GAHYL\, verb:
1. To influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
2. To take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by
of): to be beguiled of money.
3. To charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the
tourist.
4. To pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good
book.

 Donovan was going to have to beguile Peter, but he hoped he
 wouldn't have to beguile Alex as well. It was a bad precedent to
 set, and he liked the honesty between the two of them.
 -- Deborah Cooke, Kiss of Fury

 Sentences and sententiae alike charm and beguile even jaded
 undergraduates. Who but can marvel at such craftsmanship as these
 words incarnate…
 -- George Douglas Atkins, Reading Essays

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Beguile is derived from the Middle English word bigilen, from the
root guile meaning "insidious cunning."
 




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Community Comment

Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.






Back to Spokesman Mobile