siren song


: an alluring utterance or appeal
especially : one that is seductive or deceptive

Examples of siren song in a Sentence

the opportunity for fame and fortune is the siren song that has long lured the ambitious to the big city
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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of siren song was in 1568

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“Siren song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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