Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being enticing.

Etymologies

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enticing +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Not until our girl-children cease from playing with dolls and from looking at their own enticingness in mirrors, will woman ever be otherwise than what she has always been: first, the mother, second, the mate of man.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • The concept of repression has nonetheless survived and prospered, thanks to a conjunction of several factors: the analytic fraternity's century-long cover-up of Freud's bungling in the birth hour of psychoanalysis; Freud's public relations success in enlisting repression to "explain" dreams, jokes, and errors; [18] the enticingness of the concept as a means of facilely negating manifest appearances; and a failure, by both analysts and the lay public, to appreciate the difference between isolated traumatic amnesia (a real but unusual occurrence) and Freudian repression, which entails all the epistemic liabilities of the Oedipus complex, the castration complex, and a demonstrably erroneous idea of the way human memories are typically made unavailable to consciousness.

    The Unknown Freud: An Exchange

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