What does the word bait mean?

Usage examples for bait

  1. Yes, the duped husband, when being fished for with the rod of seeming simplicity and concealed character, and quickly caught on the hook of ingenuity, with deception for a bait, was altogether unable to fathom its shallowest meaning. – Irene Iddesleigh by Amanda McKittrick Ros
  2. This was the danger- this bait. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer