The former headmistress of the school said she had been "hoodwinked" by Savile, but described some of those who had brought the allegations as "delinquents".

Source: Wikipedia article (permalink to section "Background")

  • What did your research find on the meaning of the word? – GEdgar Feb 26 '13 at 1:42
  • @GEdgar: something like lying. But I don't get why not say it straight out. There ought to be some connotation of hidden meaning that I don't know yet. This is why I asked. – 0xC0000022L Feb 26 '13 at 1:43
  • It's not like lying it's like tricked. – Jim Feb 26 '13 at 2:14
  • @Jim: is there any connotation intended? Is it "mincing" the word tricked? Please, by all means, write up an answer. – 0xC0000022L Feb 26 '13 at 2:16

To be "hoodwinked" is to be tricked or deceived.

Some other synonyms:

cheat, bamboozle, delude, beguile

| improve this answer | |
  • thanks for taking the time to answer. Is there any connotation intended in this context? Does the headmistress try to "mince" her words by using this instead of using what I perceive as stronger synonyms? – 0xC0000022L Feb 26 '13 at 2:49
  • 1
    Coming from a different culture than those involved in the referenced article, I think the word "hoodwinked" is indeed mincing words. This is not a case of someone outwitting someone out of a chocolate bar, this is someone who was misled by a pedophile. Good call and good question, @0xC0000022L! – Kristina Lopez Feb 26 '13 at 3:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.