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 unenticing

Historical Examples of unenticing

  • And Adelle, reclining on the gaudy cushions under an enormous pink sunshade, was not unenticing.

    Clark's Field

    Robert Herrick

  • A similar phenomenon presents itself at the bookstalls, which are choked with cheap and unenticing brief tales of the deadly sins.

    Lost Leaders

    Andrew Lang

  • And so I never know where the unenticing road of obedience will lead me.

  • The broad, straight, unenticing gashes of the streets let in the grasping prairie on every side.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for unenticing



(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 unenticing



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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