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tr.v. be·guiled, be·guil·ing, be·guiles
1. To deceive by guile or charm: beguiled unwary investors.
2. To deprive (someone) of something by guile or deceit; cheat: a disease that has beguiled me of strength.
3. To distract the attention of; divert: "to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming" (Abraham Lincoln).
4. To amuse or charm; delight or fascinate. See Synonyms at charm.
5. To pass (time) pleasantly.

[Middle English bigilen : bi-, be- + gilen, to deceive; see guile.]

be·guile′ment n.
be·guil′er n.
be·guil′ing·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beguilement - magnetic personal charmbeguilement - magnetic personal charm    
attractiveness - sexual allure
2.beguilement - an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexationsbeguilement - an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
entertainment, amusement - an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
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References in classic literature ?
Doesn't it betray too much?" It would have been easy to get into a sad, wild tangle about how much I might betray; but the real account, I feel, of the hours of peace that I could still enjoy was that the immediate charm of my companions was a beguilement still effective even under the shadow of the possibility that it was studied.
"You're back in the youth of the race--back in the beguilement of the young world.
had been a more deserving object, she too might have condescended to come down from her pedestal for his beguilement. Miss Lavinia, on the other hand, had strong doubts of the policy of the course of treatment, and whether it might not spoil Mr Sampson, if experimented on in the case of that young gentleman.
Each must hie to her own home; wend you we might do all these journeys in one so brief life as He hath appointed that created life, and thereto death likewise with help of Adam, who by sin done through persuasion of his helpmeet, she being wrought upon and bewrayed by the beguilements of the great enemy of man, that serpent hight Satan, aforetime consecrated and set apart unto that evil work by over- mastering spite and envy begotten in his heart through fell ambitions that did blight and mildew a nature erst so white and pure whenso it hove with the shining multitudes its brethren-born in glade and shade of that fair heaven wherein all such as native be to that rich estate and --"
He is, in many respects, the scientist, fascinated by whatever natural phenomenon he is studying, and he often has no evil intent in his beguilement. Somehow, though, what he creates as the result of his pondering is used for evil by himself or others.
Synopsis: "A Year with Nature" An Almanac" by Marty Crump (Adjunct Professor of Biology at Utah State and Northern Arizona Universities) deftly combining science and aesthetics, in a compendium of daily affirmations of the extraordinary richness of biodiversity and our enduring beguilement by its beauty.
Marawi was always a magnet of beguilement for a variety of reasons.
The latter, in particular, has an endearingly self-deprecating sense of how accident and good fortune contribute to success in the art trade; and charm is another familiar property of such books, in which readers willingly submit to all the beguilement of the salesman without having to commit to any of the outlay of the buyer.
The modern sense of the word seduction, with its overtones of erotic persuasion, temptation, enticement, beguilement, and, one might even say, conversion, is not attested until the mid-sixteenth century.
(14) In defence of Mannering's beguilement, Scott reminds the reader that he is a young lover and goes on to cite twenty lines from Coleridge's translation of Schiller's The Piccolomini; or the First Part of Wallenstein (1800), to the effect that the heart as well as the reason needs a language in which it may express itself.
(46.) The beguilement of Adam and Eve by the grass snake was still discussed by modern authors like Shaw (1757, 194) and Van Lier (1781, 79-82).