entice

[ en-tahys ]
/ ɛnˈtaɪs /

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

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

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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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