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entice

Line breaks: en¦tice
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtʌɪs
 
, ɛn-/

Definition of entice in English:

verb

[with object]
Attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage: a show which should entice a new audience into the theatre [with object and infinitive]: the treat is offered to entice the dog to eat
More example sentences
  • For those with jobs, this may not sound like a particularly enticing prospect.
  • The club has come up with an attractive membership pack to entice new members.
  • This was too enticing a prospect to let pass before we commenced our craft tour.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense 'incite, provoke'; formerly also as intice): from Old French enticier, probably from a base meaning 'set on fire', based on an alteration of Latin titio 'firebrand'.

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  • Early senses of entice included ‘incite’ and ‘provoke (to anger)’. It is from Old French enticier which probably had a root meaning ‘set on fire’, and was an alteration of Latin titio ‘firebrand’.

Derivatives

enticer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • To secure its rights, it evidently provided legal aid to one firm that sought to enforce its indentures against enticers.
  • The solicitor or enticer of a person to commit acts of prostitution will be liable for imprisonment of from one year to ten years.

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