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allure

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verb al·lure \ ə-ˈlu̇r \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of allure

allured; alluring
transitive verb
:to entice by charm or attraction
  • " … I had been fool enough to allow myself to be so quickly allured by her charms …
  • —Anthony Trollope

allurement

play \-ˈlu̇r-mənt\ noun

Examples of allure in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of allure from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of allure

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

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

Definition of allure

:power of attraction or fascination :charm
  • the allure of fame
  • rare books that hold a special allure for collectors

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Origin and Etymology of allure


ALLURE Defined for English Language Learners

allure

noun

Definition of allure for English Language Learners

  • : power to attract : a quality that attracts people


ALLURE Defined for Kids

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allure

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verb al·lure \ ə-ˈlu̇r \

Definition of allure for Students

allured; alluring
:to try to attract or influence by offering what seems to be a benefit or pleasure Treasure hunters were allured by stories of lost riches.

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allure

noun

Definition of allure for Students

:power to attract
  • the allure of fame


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