[ en-tahys ]
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verb (used with object),en·ticed, en·tic·ing.
  1. to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle: They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.

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”

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Opposites for entice

Other words from entice

  • un·en·ticed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for entice


/ (ɪnˈtaɪs) /

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

Origin of entice

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

Derived forms of entice

  • enticement, noun
  • enticer, noun
  • enticing, adjective
  • enticingly, adverb
  • enticingness, noun

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