1. [syn: entice, lure, tempt]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Entice \En*tice"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enticed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Enticing.] [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.]
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. --Beau. & Fl.
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
--Prov. i. 10.
Go, and thine erring brother gain,
Entice him home to be forgiven. --Keble.
Syn: To allure; lure; coax; decoy; seduce; tempt; inveigle;
incite; persuade; prevail on. See Allure.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: provoke someone to do something through (often false or
exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into
temptation" [syn: entice, lure, tempt]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
32 Moby Thesaurus words for "entice":
allure, attract, bait, bait the hook, beguile, blandish, cajole,
coax, decoy, draw, draw in, draw on, ensnare, entrap, flirt,
flirt with, give the come-on, inveigle, lead on, lure,
offer bait to, persuade, prevail on, rope in, seduce, soft-soap,
suck in, sweet-talk, tempt, toll, wheedle, woo