verb (used with object), en·ticed, en·tic·ing.
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Origin of entice
OTHER WORDS FROM entice
What does enticing mean?
Enticing means having the effect of attracting, tempting, or drawing people in.
Things that are described as enticing produce desire or attraction. The word is especially used to describe things that appeal to the senses. But something can be enticing for other reasons, as in The job offer was enticing due to the big salary increase, but I didn’t think the work would be fulfilling.
The adjective enticing comes from the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb entice, meaning to attract, allure, or tempt. (Entice is sometimes confused with the verb incite, which means to encourage, urge, prompt, or provoke someone to do something, especially something bad. Incite is usually used more negatively than entice.)
Something that’s described as enticing is viewed as positive and desirous by the person whom it has enticed, but the word itself sometimes implies that such a thing serves to tempt people to do something that perhaps they shouldn’t, as in That chocolate is enticing, but I vowed to give up sweets for a while.
Example: The enticing aroma of the roasted nuts draws people to the street cart.
Where does enticing come from?
The first records of enticing as an adjective come from the 1500s. The base word, entice, is recorded earlier, in the 1200s. It comes from the Vulgar Latin verb intitiāre, which means “to incite” and derives from the Latin titiō, “piece of burning wood.”
Fittingly, the scent, sound, and warm glow of a crackling fire make it enticing—they draw us in. The similar word alluring can be used to mean the same thing, and also sometimes implies that such a thing is tempting us to do the wrong thing. The word seductive implies this even more strongly. But things that are enticing can be very good—fresh vegetables can be enticing, and your bed can look enticing at the end of a long day.
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What are some other forms related to enticing?
- entice (verb)
- enticingly (adverb)
- enticingness (noun)
- nonenticing (adjective)
What are some synonyms for enticing?
What are some words that often get used in discussing enticing?
How is enticing used in real life?
Enticing is often used to describe things that appeal to the senses, especially good smells and delicious-looking foods.
— Chemistry World (@ChemistryWorld) April 21, 2016
Toasted coconut? Looks so enticing
— Ah, (@Remote_Interior) July 24, 2020
Not very enticing. pic.twitter.com/rUdFKnkaYJ
— James North (@James_North) October 15, 2017
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for enticing?
Example sentences from the Web for entice
These are the kinds of uncomfortable and sometimes upsetting scenarios that make the two-year-old web series so enticing.‘High Maintenance,’ Like a Good High, Is Funny and Sometimes Unsettling|Caitlin Dickson|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Underneath minimalistic names like Detox and Cleanse, enticing descriptions of the fluid medicine bags help narrow the choices.The I.V. Doc Comes to Your House, Fights Hangovers, and Wins|Abby Haglage|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Evidently the opportunity for advertising was too enticing for some.
Volunteers exposed a patch of their forearm and a machine blew air across it, enticing mosquitoes into a trap.Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why|Josh Dzieza|August 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She was said to be capable of enticing even the most experienced ship captain to veer from his course and meet an untimely end.Beware the Early Predictions in Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases|Adam Winkler|March 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She leaned toward him, and to poor Tom she looked the incarnation of enticing loveliness.A Book o' Nine Tales.|Arlo Bates
I found that the sparrow uttered none but harsh notes, whilst those of the blackbird and thrush were sweet and enticing.Frankenstein|Mary W. Shelley
It may also be proper to scent the traps with the following mixture, for the purpose of enticing the rats into them.
You're wonderful handsome, and enticing, and pleasing to look on, Judith!The Deerslayer|James Fenimore Cooper
What perfectly renders the temper calm; honor or enticing lucre, or a secret passage and the path of an unnoticed life?The Works of Horace|Horace