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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 of bait decoy, lure Words Related to bait 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 of bait 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 of bait allurement, lure, come-on, enticement, siren song, temptation, turn-onWords Related to bait appeal, call; attraction, boost, encouragement, goad, impetus, impulse, incentive, inducement, motivation, persuasion, seducement, seduction, spur, stimulus; decoy, snare, trap; entrapment, mousetrapNear Antonyms of bait 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 of bait tease, hassle, haze, heckle, needle, ride, tauntWords Related to bait 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 of bait allure, lure, beguile, betray, decoy, entice, lead on, seduce, solicit, temptWords Related to bait 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 of bait alert, caution, forewarn, ward (off), warn; drive (away or off), repulse, turn away

Synonym Discussion of bait

bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim.
    • baited the chained dog
badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy.
    • badgered her father for a car
heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker.
    • drunks heckled the stand-up comic
hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering.
    • football players hectored by their coach
chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging.
    • chivied the new student mercilessly
hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing.
    • hounded by creditors


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