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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 of entice
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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  • It was about three o'clock in the afternoon, and the streets of the enticing and confusing city were crowded.

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  • It had been a most enticing mystery, you know; and the woman in the case was extraordinary, to say the least.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Business propositions, with enticing pictures of great wealth, came to him.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
  • It is the very difficulty, the tension, so to say, that makes it enticing.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • There were enticing sounds from the cook house and enticing odors in the air.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
British Dictionary definitions for enticing

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 enticing

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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