Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.


 (ĭn-vā′gəl, -vē′-)
tr.v. in·vei·gled, in·vei·gling, in·vei·gles
1. To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk: He inveigled a friend into becoming his tennis partner.
2. To obtain by cajolery: inveigled a free pass to the museum.

[Middle English envegle, alteration of Old French aveugler, to blind, from aveugle, blind, from Vulgar Latin *aboculus : Latin ab-, away from; see ab-1 + Latin oculus, eye (probably translation of Gaulish exsops : exs-, from + ops, eye); see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

in·vei′gle·ment n.
in·vei′gler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:


One that seduces:
References in classic literature ?
Kidnappers and inveiglers were planted in all the avenues of entrance to the Commons, with instructions to do their utmost to cut off all persons in mourning, and all gentlemen with anything bashful in their appearance, and entice them to the offices in which their respective employers were interested; which instructions were so well observed, that I myself, before I was known by sight, was twice hustled into the premises of our principal opponent.
Yet that was the experience of young Augustine, the abyss of evil, the villainy loved for itself, gratis: "What did wretched I so love in you, you theft of mine, you deed of darkness, in that sixteenth year of age?"42) In this wish to do evil for no reason Augustine recognizes a perverted imitation of divine omnipotence, nothing but the freedom of a slave in the absence of his master.(43) And with the following words he expresses his incomprehension about the origin of evil: "O you incomprehensible temptation, inveigler of the soul, you greediness to do mischief out of mirth and wantonness, you thirst of other's loss, without lust of my own gain."(44) Here again Augustine exclaims with the words of the psalm: "Who can understand his sins?"
As Wimbush says, bringing the point into the present day: "With African American existence as the starting point for the study of the Bible[,] a greater sensitivity to the Bible as manifesto for the exiled, the un-homely, the marginal, the critics and inveiglers will be sustained" (16).