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entice

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verb en·tice \in-ˈtīs, en-\

Simple Definition of entice

  • : to attract (someone) especially by offering or showing something that is appealing, interesting, etc.

Full Definition of entice

en·ticeden·tic·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to attract artfully or adroitly or by arousing hope or desire :  tempt

en·tice·ment play \-ˈtī-smənt\ noun
en·tic·ing·ly play \-ˈtī-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of entice

  1. <every commercial seemed to be for some tempting snack specifically designed to entice me from my diet>



Origin of entice

Middle English, from Anglo-French enticer, from Vulgar Latin *intitiare, from Latin in- + titio firebrand


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of entice

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving <lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes>. entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means <advertising designed to entice new customers>. inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering <fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni>. decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice <attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush>. tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment <tempted by the offer of money>. seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises <seduced by assurances of assistance>.


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