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.
3. To cause the time of to pass without notice; to relieve the tedium or weariness of; to while away; to
Ballads . . . to beguile his incessant wayfaring.
Syn. To delude; deceive; cheat; insnare; mislead; amuse; divert; entertain.
(Be*guile"ment) n. The act of beguiling, or the state of being beguiled.
(Be*guil"er) n. One who, or that which, beguiles.
(Be*guil"ing), a. Alluring by guile; deluding; misleading; diverting. Be*guil"ing*ly, adv.
(||Be`guin") n. [F.] See Beghard.
(||Be`gui`nage") n. [F.] A collection of small houses surrounded by a wall and occupied by a
community of Beguines.
(||Be`guine") n. [F. béguine; LL. beguina, beghina; fr. Lambert le Bègue (the Stammerer) the
founder of the order. (Du Cange.)] A woman belonging to one of the religious and charitable associations
or communities in the Netherlands, and elsewhere, whose members live in beguinages and are not bound
by perpetual vows.
(||Be"gum) n. [Per., fr. Turk., perh. properly queen mother, fr. Turk. beg (see Beg, n.) + Ar.
umm mother.] In the East Indies, a princess or lady of high rank. Malcom.