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beguile (3 first in S.; 4 peculiar to S.)
1. to deprive or rob “of” LLL. I. i. 77, Oth. I. iii. 156, 210
2. to cheat, disappoint (hopes) Gent. V. iv. 64.
3. to divert attention in some pleasant way from (anything disagreeable), while away (time) Tw.N. III. iii. 41 “Whiles you beguile the time,” Tit. IV. i. 35 “And so beguile thy sorrow.”
4. to disguise Lucr. 1544 “Tarquin . . . so beguil'd With outward honesty.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 3.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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