(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. entice, cajole, fascinate, lure, decoy, seduce; provoke, defy, incite, appeal, attract. See desire, attraction.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. lure, entice, fascinate, seduce, appeal to, inveigle, decoy, beguile, induce, intrigue, incite, provoke, allure, charm, captivate, tantalize, draw on, invite, bait, stimulate, move, motivate, rouse, instigate, wheedle, coax, lead on*, make one's mouth water*; see also fascinate , influence , seduce .
Ant. discourage*, repel, dissuade.
Syn.- tempt suggests the influence of a powerful attraction that tends to overcome scruples or judgment [ I'm tempted to accept your offer ] ; lure suggests an irresistible force, as deSire, greed, or curiosity, in attracting someone, often to something harmful or evil [lured on by false hopes ] ; entice implies a crafty or skillful attracting by offering hope of reward or pleasure [ he enticed the squirrel to eat from his hand ] ; inveigle suggests the use of deception or cajolery in enticing someone [ they inveigled him with false promises ] ; decoy implies the use of deceptive appearances in luring into a trap [ artificial birds are used to decoy wild ducks ] ; beguile suggests the use of subtly alluring devices in leading someone on [beguiled by her sweet words ] ; seduce implies enticement to an improper or wrongful act, esp. to loss of chastity
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
lure, entice, bait, tantalize, seduce, attract, court, *suck in, *hold out a carrot, draw, captivate, bewitch.
ANT.: repulse, repel, turn off
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To beguile or draw into a wrong or foolish course of action: allure, entice, inveigle, lure, seduce. Idiom: lead astray. See PERSUASION. 2. To behave so as to bring on (danger, for example): court, invite, provoke. See SEEK.

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  • tempt´er — tempt «tehmpt», transitive verb. 1. to make or try to make (a person) do something: »The sight of the food tempted the hungry man to steal. SYNONYM(S): lure, inveigle, decoy. 2. to appeal strongly to; attract: »That candy tempts me. SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

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