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persuade or acquire through cunning

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inveigle - persuade

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To ‘inveigle’ means to convince somebody to do something that they do not really want to do, or to gain something by means of ingenuity or flattery. The word implies disingenuous and manipulative behaviour, but it is not always used negatively as inveigling requires a certain level of skill and cleverness.

Synonyms entice
Antonyms deter

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  1. I know why Jane is suddenly working so hard to win favour with me. She thinks it will help her inveigle a promotion.

  2. Richard is a great salesperson. He always seems to find a way of inveigling customers into spending more when they visit the shop.

  3. The politician used his superb oratory skills and ability to manipulate others to inveigle his way into power despite his total lack of experience and suitability.

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