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.

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 formsen·tic·ing·ly, adverben·tic·ing·ness, nounnon·en·tic·ing, adjectivenon·en·tic·ing·ly, adverbun·en·ticed, adjectiveun·en·tic·ing, adjective

Synonyms for entice

Antonyms for entice

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Examples from the Web for enticing

Contemporary Examples of enticing

Historical Examples of enticing

  • 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.

  • Enticing speculation, the yes or no of these twelve men, three days ago.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • There is a dreamy summer about them which make them enticing as the Hesperides of the ancients.

    Old Mackinaw

    W. P. Strickland.

British Dictionary definitions for enticing



(tr) to attract or draw towards oneself by exciting hope or desire; tempt; allure
Derived Formsenticement, nounenticer, nounenticing, adjectiveenticingly, adverbenticingness, noun

Word Origin for entice

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 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.

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