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

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Antonyms for entice

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Contemporary Examples of enticingly

  • And perhaps most enticingly, at least to employees I spoke with, the network would be staunchly nonpartisan.

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  • It goes beautifully with dark chocolate, making for an enticingly spicy version of hot cocoa.

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Historical Examples of enticingly

  • From the seat, enticingly, she offered him the place beside her.

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  • All the chairs in the room were broad and deep and enticingly comfortable.

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  • He played it so enticingly, so temptingly, that it ought to have melted their hearts.

  • It was so enticingly easy to speak of this rather than of that which he had on his mind.

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  • He was so kind, so enticingly gentle; he had such beautiful eyes.

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British Dictionary definitions for enticingly



(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 enticingly



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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