from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To attract by arousing hope or desire; lure: The promise of higher pay enticed me into the new job. See Synonyms at lure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lure; to attract by arousing desire or hope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To draw on, by exciting hope or desire; to allure; to attract. Often in a bad sense: To lead astray; to induce to evil; to tempt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- Synonyms Lure, Decoy, etc. (see allure); tempt, inveigle, wheedle, cajole.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
Middle English enticen, from Old French enticier, to instigate, possibly from Vulgar Latin *intītiāre, to set afire : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin tītiō, firebrand.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French enticier < Vulgar Latin *intitiāre < Latin titiō. (Wiktionary)