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entice

[en-tahys] /ɛnˈtaɪs/
verb (used with object), enticed, enticing.
1.
to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle:
They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
lure, attract, decoy, tempt.
Antonyms
repel.
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British Dictionary definitions for entices

entice

/ɪnˈtaɪs/
verb
1.
(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 entices

entice

v.

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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