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entice

[ en-tahys ]
/ ɛnˈtaɪs /
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verb (used with object), en·ticed, en·tic·ing.

to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle: They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.

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Origin of entice

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English enticen, from Old French enticier “to incite,” from unattested Vulgar Latin intitiāre, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -titiāre, verbal derivative of unattested titius, for titiō “piece of burning wood”

OTHER WORDS FROM entice

un·en·ticed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for entice

entice
/ (ɪnˈtaɪs) /

verb

(tr) to attract or draw towards oneself by exciting hope or desire; tempt; allure

Derived forms of entice

Word Origin for entice

C13: from Old French enticier, from Vulgar Latin intitiāre (unattested) to incite, from Latin titiō firebrand
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