- to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle: They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.
Origin of entice
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Examples from the Web for enticing
These are the kinds of uncomfortable and sometimes upsetting scenarios that make the two-year-old web series so enticing.‘High Maintenance,’ Like a Good High, Is Funny and Sometimes Unsettling
November 11, 2014
Underneath minimalistic names like Detox and Cleanse, enticing descriptions of the fluid medicine bags help narrow the choices.The I.V. Doc Comes to Your House, Fights Hangovers, and Wins
July 20, 2014
Evidently the opportunity for advertising was too enticing for some.Weird Washington Monument History
May 12, 2014
Volunteers exposed a patch of their forearm and a machine blew air across it, enticing mosquitoes into a trap.Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why
August 6, 2013
She was said to be capable of enticing even the most experienced ship captain to veer from his course and meet an untimely end.Beware the Early Predictions in Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases
March 26, 2013
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
Her smiles were as sweet and enticing as she or any other girl could make.
It is the very difficulty, the tension, so to say, that makes it enticing.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
Enticing speculation, the yes or no of these twelve men, three days ago.Erik Dorn</p>
There is a dreamy summer about them which make them enticing as the Hesperides of the ancients.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
- (tr) to attract or draw towards oneself by exciting hope or desire; tempt; allure
Word Origin and History for enticing
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.