Inveigh vs inveigle

Inveigh means to rail against something, to speak or write against something with extreme hostility, to deeply criticize. Inveigh is an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. The word inveigh is always followed by the word against, as in inveigh against. Related words are inveighs, inveighed, inveighing, inveigher. Inveigh comes from the Latin word invehere which means to carry in, to introduce and to assail.

Inveigle means to flatter someone into doing something, to trick someone into doing something that don’t really want to do. Inveigle is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are inveigles, inveigled, inveigling, inveiglement, inveigler. Inveigle comes from the Middle French word aveugler, meaning delude, to render blind. Inveigh and inveigle, though similar-sounding, are unrelated words as proven by their differing etymologies.


However, it can be justifiable, in my opinion, to inveigh against the leaders and participants in a group’s morally corrupt actions. (The Huffington Post)

When this scenario is not the case, however, the two terms are instead used almost interchangeably to inveigh against overbearing erudition that crucially meets the condition of not being or appearing to be wielded obsequiously, with “geek” generally being used as a watered-down replacement for “nerd” or to rail against excessive knowledge in a specific rather than general field. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

It has been easy of course to inveigh against Assad and to condemn him for “making war on his own people”. (The Scotsman)

His former military and intelligence chiefs accuse him of responsibility for the 7/7 bombings in London by his ill advised involvement in Syria (albeit with just 4 aircraft finally to impress, encourage and inveigle the US to join) and Libya which fuelled the jihadists. (The Asian Tribune)

Under orders from her morally challenged parents, 12-year-old Iris is in Spain, attempting to inveigle her way into the good books of her Aunt Ursula who has a massive estate. (The Otago Daily Times)

He explained that IS recruiters begin by identifying possible candidates who ‘share’ or ‘like’ pro-IS literature, and then encourage them to share more content before trying to inveigle them into travelling to IS-controlled areas in Iraq and Syria. (The Hindu)

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