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bait

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of bait

  1. 1 something used to attract animals to a hook or into a trap <cheese is the traditional bait for trapping mice> Synonyms decoy, lure Related Words ambush, net, trap; hook, snare, troll; plug, scent, spinner, stool pigeon; appeal, attraction, call, draw, incentive, pull; enticement, seducement, seduction, temptation; entanglement, entrapment Near Antonyms repellent (also repellant)

  2. 2 something that persuades one to perform an action for pleasure or gain <the promise of free vacation is surefire bait to get people to agree to be chaperones for school trips> Synonyms allurement, lure, come-on, enticement, siren song, temptation, turn-onRelated Words appeal, call; attraction, boost, encouragement, goad, impetus, impulse, incentive, inducement, motivation, persuasion, seducement, seduction, spur, stimulus; decoy, snare, trap; entrapment, mousetrapNear Antonyms alarm (also alarum), alert, caution, forewarning, notice, warning




bait

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bait

  1. 1 to attack repeatedly with mean put-downs or insults <as the first woman to work in the mines, she was mercilessly baited by the men on her shift> Synonyms tease, hassle, haze, heckle, needle, ride, tauntRelated Words deride, gibe (or jibe), jeer, mock, ridicule; annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, fret, frost, gall, get, gnaw (at), grate, gripe, hack (off), hagride, irk, irritate, itch, nag, nark [British], nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, trouble, vex; aggravate, exasperate, goad, test, try; aggrieve, agitate, bedevil, beleaguer, discomfort, disturb, perturb; badger, dog, hound; browbeat, bully, hector; harass, harry, persecute, plague, terrorize, torment, torture

  2. 2 to lead away from a usual or proper course by offering some pleasure or advantage <the investment scheme cunningly baits the greedy and the unscrupulous> Synonyms allure, lure, beguile, betray, decoy, entice, lead on, seduce, solicit, temptRelated Words draw in, inveigle, persuade, rope (in), snow; catch, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entrap, mesh, snare, tangle, trap; bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinate, magnetize, wileNear Antonyms alert, caution, forewarn, ward (off), warn; drive (away or off), repulse, turn away




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