en·​tic·​ing in-ˈtī-siŋ How to pronounce enticing (audio)
: arousing strong attraction or interest : alluring
an enticing aroma
an enticing menu
an enticing opportunity/possibility
Some of the most enticing food on the menu is in the "little bite" section, more than a dozen appetizers priced from $5 to $11 per plate.Aleta Watson
… the books that would give him a taste of the knowledge which was more enticing to his wide-awake young mind than clothes and food to his poor little body.Louisa May Alcott
enticingly adverb
an enticingly aromatic dish
… this program enticingly acquaints students with the features and potential of microcomputers. Booklist
He looked on her, his bright, healthy, enticingly beautiful daughter, and wondered what was going to become of her. Theodore Dreiser
enticingness noun
We shall seek to be frugal with our sweet possessions, though their enticingness quite leads us astray … Emily Dickinson

Examples of enticing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His enticing but concise menu features delicate flavor combinations that will not overpower the subtleties of some of the world’s finest wine. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 19 Sep. 2023 The reports also make clear that despite the troublesome landscape, China remains an enticing lure for Western corporations. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Each dish features Colombian-only ingredients and is paired with an equally enticing drink or cocktail. Adam Groffman, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2023 However, finding something as enticing as this recipe may be challenging. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Sep. 2023 Made to mimic local Rhode Island baitfish, such as butterfish, sand eels, tinker mackerel, and peanut bunker, Point Judes have an enticing action aided by a keel running down the length of the lure. Jimmy Fee, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 At his restaurants, which include nearly 20 locations in northern Virginia and suburban Maryland, the items on the kids’ menus are priced lower with the hope of enticing families, including moms and dads who will order full-sized entrees — and maybe an extra appetizer or glass of wine. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 The current owners have held events with 1,000 attendees, so corporations could also find this an enticing property. Ever-popular Cedar Creek Lake communities can feel crowded as people share amenities like docks, sport courts and pools. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2023 The enticing rotting meat stench that a fly finds delightful is perceived quite differently by a person passing by a stinking dumpster on a hot day. Christine Picard, The Conversation, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enticing was in 1553

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“Enticing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enticing. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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