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[en-tahys] /ɛnˈtaɪs/
verb (used with object), enticed, enticing.
to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle:
They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.
Origin of entice
1250-1300; Middle English enticen < Old French enticier to incite < Vulgar Latin *intitiāre, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -titiāre, verbal derivative of *titius, for titiō piece of burning wood
Related forms
enticingly, adverb
enticingness, noun
nonenticing, adjective
nonenticingly, adverb
unenticed, adjective
unenticing, adjective
lure, attract, decoy, tempt.
repel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enticed
  • And gets enticed into learning mathematics, including vectors and resultants.
  • The youngest children were to sit in chairs in the workroom, where they would be enticed by boredom to prefer work.
  • The night sky was absolutely dazzling, and the millions of stars overhead enticed me out to enjoy them in secret.
  • Perhaps the shriek of a dying animal enticed the dinosaur into the trap.
  • For one thing, the ads enticed visitors to click links that whisked them off to other sites.
  • Aimless crowds can be enticed by intense visual stimuli to make impulse purchases.
  • Patients, too, are readily enticed by small amounts of money and promises of free care.
  • enticed down, they turned out to be children of not more than twelve or thirteen.
  • There's something about haunted houses that have enticed people since before any of us were born.
  • All were enticed by a promise of hundreds of dollars' worth of free gas, an incentive that seemed almost too good to be true.
British Dictionary definitions for enticed


(transitive) to attract or draw towards oneself by exciting hope or desire; tempt; allure
Derived Forms
enticement, noun
enticer, noun
enticing, adjective
enticingly, adverb
enticingness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French enticier, from Vulgar Latin intitiāre (unattested) to incite, from Latin titiō firebrand
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Word Origin and History for enticed



late 13c., intice, from Old French enticier "to stir up (fire), to excite, incite," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *intitiare "set on fire," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + titio (genitive titionis) "firebrand," of uncertain origin. Meaning "to allure, attract" is from c.1300. Related: Enticed; enticing.

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