illecebrous

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin and Latin illecebrōsus (attractive, enticing) + English -ous (suffix forming adjectives denoting possession or presence of a quality, commonly in abundance). Illecebrōsus is derived from illecebra (enticement, lure)[1] + -ōsus (suffix forming adjectives meaning ‘full of’); illecebra from illiciō (to entice, seduce) (from in- (prefix meaning ‘in, within’) + laciō (to ensnare, entice)) + -bra (suffix forming nouns denoting an instrument).

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illecebrous (comparative more illecebrous, superlative most illecebrous)

  1. (formal, obsolete) Tending to attract; enticing.
    Synonyms: alluring, attractive, (obsolete, rare) illecebrose, (obsolete) illective; see also Thesaurus:attractive
    Antonyms: repulsive, unalluring, unattractive, unenticing

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  1. ^ † illecebrous, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1899
  2. ^ Joseph T[wadell] Shipley (1955) , “illect”, in Dictionary of Early English, Lanham, Md.; Plymouth, Devon: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, published 2014, →ISBN, page 346, column 1: “[...] illecebrous (accent on the le, short e), [...]”.