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Enticement   /ɪntˈaɪsmənt/   Listen

Something that seduces or has the quality to seduce.  Synonym: temptation.
Qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward.  Synonyms: come-on, lure.
The act of influencing by exciting hope or desire.  Synonym: temptation.

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"Enticement" Quotes from Famous Books

... very fact that the punishment, whether of death or of any kind that is fearsome to man, is made known at the same time as the sin, makes man's will avers to sin: because the fear of punishment is greater than the enticement of the example of ...
— Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) • Thomas Aquinas

... this hideous Wood, 520 Immur'd in cypress shades a Sorcerer dwels Of Bacchus, and of Circe born, great Comus, Deep skill'd in all his mothers witcheries, And here to every thirsty wanderer, By sly enticement gives his banefull cup, With many murmurs mixt, whose pleasing poison The visage quite transforms of him that drinks, And the inglorious likenes of a beast Fixes instead, unmoulding reasons mintage Character'd in the Face; this have I learn't 530 Tending my flocks hard by i'th ...
— The Poetical Works of John Milton • John Milton

... woman hesitated, and still she muttered to herself; but after some further prelude, and some further enticement from the curate, the which we spare our reader, she came at length to ...
— Eugene Aram, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... virtue to the soul when, in a state of high grace or nearness, she burns with love for her God: for she is under the spell of the enticement of His Presence—how can she help but burn! It is as though two earthly lovers, in full sight and nearness, are filled each for each with great love, and ...
— The Golden Fountain - or, The Soul's Love for God. Being some Thoughts and - Confessions of One of His Lovers • Lilian Staveley

... to in dairies hereabout as an enticement to the cows when they showed signs of withholding their usual yield; and the band of milkers at this request burst into melody—in purely business-like tones, it is true, and with no great spontaneity; the result, ...
— Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman • Thomas Hardy

... Parke'—I found several of our free Delaware negroes, I fear on no good errand. So I remarked, 'If William Parke, contrary to law, has been selling thee brandy out of an eggshell, as if he knew not the contents, I shall pay him to repeat the vile enticement quickly, for ye who are of the ...
— The Entailed Hat - Or, Patty Cannon's Times • George Alfred Townsend

... and conversation of this woman, specially that we may discover whether she be one likely to use magical charms and spells, since the truths which we have heard may well incline us to suppose, that in this unhappy course our erring brother has been acted upon by some infernal enticement and delusion?" ...
— Ivanhoe - A Romance • Walter Scott

... he could scent the lake, that every breeze up slope brought its compelling enticement. Just in case Hume might awake to a state of semi-consciousness and wander off, Vye tethered him ...
— Star Hunter • Andre Alice Norton

... temperature and from its destructive ingredients, the carbon soot and the ammonia which it conveys. It irritates and dries the mucous membrane of the mouth and throat, producing an unnatural thirst which becomes an enticement to the use of intoxicating liquors. The inflammation of the mouth and throat is apt to extend up the Eustachian tube, thus ...
— A Practical Physiology • Albert F. Blaisdell

... wench does look like the seven deadly sins for enticement," agreed Don Diego and made the sign ...
— The Flute of the Gods • Marah Ellis Ryan

... for her all one child of God could do for another. With hands tender as a mother's, and weeping as she had never wept before, she undressed her, put her in a warm bath, then got her into bed, and used every enticement and persuasion to induce her to take some nourishment—with poor success: the heart seemed to have gone out of her. But instinctively Amy asked for milk, and that brought her round better than anything else could have done. Still she lay like ...
— Weighed and Wanting • George MacDonald

... the prospect of a comrade in these delights from his own city home and of his own rank in life, despite the desertion of the big frame hotel on the bluff, but it was not the enticement of rod and gun that had brought Julian Bayne suddenly and unexpectedly to the mountains. His host and cousin, Edward Briscoe, was his co-executor in a kinsman's will, and in the settlement of the estate the policy of granting a certain power of attorney necessitated a conference ...
— The Ordeal - A Mountain Romance of Tennessee • Charles Egbert Craddock

... some of which many implements of the Stone Age have been found, as well as the bones of extinct animals and others which disappeared from Europe before the historic period. To those who have the special knowledge that is requisite, the caverns of the Causses de Sauveterre and Mejan offer great enticement, for only a few of their secrets, covered by the darkness of incalculable ages, have yet been ...
— Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine • Edward Harrison Barker

... INSOMNIIS: 'sleeplessness'; the singular insomnium occurs only once in prose (Tac. Ann. 11, 4). Insomnia, ae is found only in poetry and late prose. — DIVINE: this word in Cic. often means nothing more than 'splendidly', 'extraordinarily'. — ESCAM MALORUM: 'an enticement to evil' (esca ed-ca, from the root of edo). Plato in the Timaeus 69 D (a dialogue translated into Latin by Cicero, a fragment of whose translation is still preserved) has [Greek: hedonen megiston kakou delear]. Cf. also Cic. Hortensius fr. 76 ...
— Cato Maior de Senectute • Marcus Tullius Cicero

... off full; the freedom of the night was comforting. If only Fleur and he had met on some desert island without a past—and Nature for their house! Jon had still his high regard for desert islands, where breadfruit grew, and the water was blue above the coral. The night was deep, was free—there was enticement in it; a lure, a promise, a refuge from entanglement, and love! Milksop tied to his mother's...! His cheeks burned. He shut the window, drew curtains over it, switched off the ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

... whom every fawn and satyr flies For willing service; whether to surprise The squatted hare while in half sleeping fit; Or upward ragged precipices flit To save poor lambkins from the eagle's maw; Or by mysterious enticement draw Bewildered shepherds to their path again; Or to tread breathless round the frothy main, 270 And gather up all fancifullest shells For thee to tumble into Naiads' cells, And, being hidden, laugh at their out-peeping; Or to delight ...
— Endymion - A Poetic Romance • John Keats

... wish to know why your life will be short; look into your previous existence! Verily, riches and honours, which will come with old age, will likewise be a question of chance! Those who will hold the world in light esteem will retire within the gate of abstraction; while those who will be allured by enticement will have forfeited their lives (The Chia family will fulfil its destiny) as surely as birds take to the trees after they have exhausted all they had to eat, and which as they drop down will pile up a hoary, vast and lofty heap of dust, ...
— Hung Lou Meng, Book I • Cao Xueqin

Words linked to "Enticement" :   attractiveness, lure, attraction, temptation, leading off, bait, leading astray, wheedling, forbidden fruit, come-on, entice, seduction, allurement, sweetener, hook, solicitation, influence, blandishment

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