September 14, 2013
- entice (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to attract by arousing hope or desire : tempt
- How do you use it?
- The sight of the cute kitty sleeping in the bookstore window enticed many people to come in and browse.
- Are you a word wiz?
Are you tempted to try today's quiz? Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "entice"?If you couldn't resist picking B, congratulations! Both "entice" and "lure" mean to lead astray from one's true or usual course. "Lure" implies an attraction that may be harmless (as "a resort that lures many skiers") or may suggest a drawing into evil, danger, or difficulty through deception (as "a phony scheme that lured na´ve investors"). "Entice" suggests luring by clever means (as "advertising designed to entice new customers"). Another synonym, "decoy," often involves luring or trapping by trickery (as "attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush"), while "tempt" implies arousing a desire that might be contrary to one's better judgment (as in "tempted by the offer of more money").