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[en-tahys] /ɛnˈtaɪs/
verb (used with object), enticed, enticing.
to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle:
They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.
Origin of entice
1250-1300; Middle English enticen < Old French enticier to incite < Vulgar Latin *intitiāre, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -titiāre, verbal derivative of *titius, for titiō piece of burning wood
Related forms
enticingly, adverb
enticingness, noun
nonenticing, adjective
nonenticingly, adverb
unenticed, adjective
unenticing, adjective
lure, attract, decoy, tempt.
repel. Unabridged
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  • From the seat, enticingly, she offered him the place beside her.

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  • All the chairs in the room were broad and deep and enticingly comfortable.

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  • He played it so enticingly, so temptingly, that it ought to have melted their hearts.

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  • It was so enticingly easy to speak of this rather than of that which he had on his mind.

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  • He was so kind, so enticingly gentle; he had such beautiful eyes.

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  • Walter did not dare to say no; nor did he dare to do what was proposed so enticingly.

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  • The day was enticingly beautiful, and the tide was on the ebb.

    The Law and the Lady Wilkie Collins
  • "Do have a cup of tea," cried Kate, enticingly, with the view to a reprieve.

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
British Dictionary definitions for enticingly


(transitive) to attract or draw towards oneself by exciting hope or desire; tempt; allure
Derived Forms
enticement, noun
enticer, noun
enticing, adjective
enticingly, adverb
enticingness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French enticier, from Vulgar Latin intitiāre (unattested) to incite, from Latin titiō firebrand
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Word Origin and History for enticingly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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