From Middle English biwilen, biwiȝelien (“to delude, deceive”), from Old English *bewīlian, *bewiġlian. Equivalent to be- + wile. Doublet of beguile.
bewile (third-person singular simple present bewiles, present participle bewiling, simple past and past participle bewiled)
- (transitive, rare, archaic) To delude; deceive; beguile.
- 1865, Ballou's monthly magazine:
- He was utterly bewitched and bewiled by her beauty, and upon the following day an opportunity to prove his devotion occurred.
1895, Thomas Bird Mosher, The Bibelot:
Whomever else I might bewile, I loved him well, sorry.
1995, Constance O'Banyon, La Flamme:
To that sweet thief which sourly robs from me, which though it alter not love's sole effect, yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delight. I may not evermore acknowledge thee, lest my bewiled guilt should do thee shame.