• WordNet 3.6
    • v entice provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion "He lured me into temptation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a stroke of irony, the maximum security prison in St. Albans, Vermont, was responsible in 1996 for sending out public relations brochures enticing tourists to visit Vermont.
    • v. t Entice To draw on, by exciting hope or desire; to allure; to attract; as, the bait enticed the fishes. Often in a bad sense: To lead astray; to induce to evil; to tempt; as, the sirens enticed them to listen. "Roses blushing as they blow,
      And enticing men to pull."
      "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.""Go, and thine erring brother gain, Entice him home to be forgiven."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The more that is learned about the ecological benefits of bats, the more home gardeners are going out of their way to entice these amazing winged mammals into their neighborhoods. Bats are voracious insect eaters, devouring as many as 600 bugs per hour for 4 to 6 hours a night. They can eat from one-half to three-quarters their weight per evening. Bats are also important plant pollinators, particularly in the southwestern U.S.
    • entice To draw on or induce by exciting hope or desire; incite by the presentation of pleasurable motives or ideas; allure; attract; invite; especially, in a bad sense, to allure or induce to evil.
    • entice Synonyms Lure, Decoy, etc. (see allure); tempt, inveigle, wheedle, cajole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Entice en-tīs′ to induce by exciting hope or desire: to tempt: to lead astray
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. entisen, enticen, OF. enticier, entichier,; pref. en-,L. in,) + a word of uncertain origin, cf. OF. atisier, to stir a fire, provoke, L. titio, firebrand, or MHG. zicken, to push
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enticier, provoke; prob. related to L. titio, a firebrand.


In literature:

I think it good fortune that I secured the old stone mason to do my work, and take to myself some credit for skill in enticing him.
"Great Possessions" by David Grayson
Gulled in this manner, he was frequently enticed to the boat, which was waiting to carry him away.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Such lovely sights do not only please, entice, but ravish and amaze.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Anybody but a chump could have seen that, on the face of it, the whole thing was a scheme to entice you away.
"The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise" by Margaret Burnham
He hangs over his gate, and tries to entice passengers to stop and chat.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
At Claremont, Bambi ordered a most enticing repast, and they were very gay.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.
"Brotherly Love" by Mrs. Sherwood
The woman, then, who could most easily entice Sammy Crockett away was Nancy Webb.
"Martin Hewitt, Investigator" by Arthur Morrison
And a slave who shall aid the slave so endeavoring to entice another slave to run away, shall also suffer DEATH.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
And a slave who shall aid the slave so endeavoring to entice another slave to run away, shall also suffer DEATH.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society

In poetry:

And cheerfully at sea,
Success you still entice
To get the pearl and gold;
And ours to hold
Earth's only Paradise.
"To The Virginian Voyage" by Michael Drayton
Sex was of course -- it always is --
The most enticing of mysteries,
But news-stands did not then supply
Manichean pornography.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
She's gane till her father's garden,
And pu'd an apple red and green;
'Twas a' to wyle him sweet Sir Hugh,
And to entice him in.
"Sir Hugh; Or The Jew's Daughter" by Andrew Lang
What temptations now entice her?
What hath made the world seem nicer?
Whence the charm, that strives anew
To prolong this last adieu?
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Oft, the irriguous bank cross-slicing,
Plaited trickles he keeps enticing;
Till their gravelly gush he feels,
Overtaking his brown heels.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Our future pressed against the rails,
Flooding my senses as they went,
With floral soap's lingering trace
And honey-cakes' enticing scent.
"On Early Trains" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Enticed by attractive beef prices and wary of scary feed costs, the downsizing of the US dairy herd by milk producers is picking up speed.
Those big jugs of candy plopped in the front lobby of Dante 's in Tremont are enticing.
View full size Larry McPherson appealing enticement conviction.
No this blog post is not about a murder, or a haunting, or anything to do with death really, unless you're thinking about the lyrics of the titled band's strange yet enticing songs.
China South Enticing new opportunities for the cultural photographer are becoming more accessible in these less traveled regions of abundant diversity.
Tasty treats during an open house are one of the best ways to entice potential home buyers.
Joy & James Cafe entices with fried chicken promises.
Workplace fitness also entices employees to take on more leadership roles.
School Employee Charged With Enticing a Minor For Sex.
Nevada County to entice movie business.
A recent study says West Virginia is an attractive place for retirees and more could be done to entice them to live in the state.
Downtowns entice shoppers to 'buy local'.
Stores entice Black Friday shoppers with earlier openings, more sales.
Man tried to entice same girls three times.
Homemade food, bell entice pupils to eat right.

In science:

To entice the use of Semantic Web technologies applications need to offer both high usability and instant gratification. Concept creation is exceptionally easy in SHAWN since metadata as well as plain text is entered within a single edit box on each wiki page in a self-explaining fashion.
Usability Meets Instant Gratification on the Semantic Web
The wiki approach is a very flexible way of structuring pieces of information. For a start, this entices feeding lots of data into the wiki.
Usability Meets Instant Gratification on the Semantic Web
McDowell, L., Etzioni, O., Halevy, A., Levy, H., Gribble, S., Pentney, W., Verma, D., Vlasseva, S.: Mangrove: Enticing Ordinary People onto the Semantic Web via Instant Gratification.
Usability Meets Instant Gratification on the Semantic Web
Based on our Monte Carlo study, we anticipate that the enticing hints of a SUSY signal observed in the 7 TeV data could be amplified in the 8 TeV results.
Testing No-Scale F-SU(5): A 125 GeV Higgs Boson and SUSY at the 8 TeV LHC
The opposite possibility might be more enticing, namely that the flyby anomaly is the signature of new or “exotic” physics at play.
The experimental status of Special and General Relativity