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allure

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verb al·lure \ə-ˈlu̇r\

Definition of allure

al·luredal·lur·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to entice by charm or attraction

al·lure·mentplay \-ˈlu̇r-mənt\ noun
al·lur·ing·ly adverb


Examples of allure

  1. <was so allured by his sister's college roommate that before long he was asking her for a date>

  2. <allured by the promise of big bucks, he decided to have a go at a job on the trading floor of the stock market>



Origin of allure

Middle English aluren, from Middle French alurer, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + lure, leure lure — more at lure


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of allure

attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another <students attracted by the school's locale>. allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive <an alluring smile>. charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response <charmed by their hospitality>, but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration <her performances captivated audiences>. fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist <a story that continues to fascinate children>. enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject <hopelessly enchanted by her beauty>.

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allure

noun al·lure

Simple Definition of allure

  • : power to attract : a quality that attracts people

Full Definition of allure

  1. :  power of attraction or fascination :  charm

Examples of allure

  1. These rare books hold special allure for collectors.

  2. <the nostalgic allure of America's Wild West still attracts vacationers to ghost towns>



1548

First Known Use of allure

1548



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