siren song


Definition of 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
Recent Examples on the Web As pools begin to open and more people start to trade in their jackets and boots for shorts, tanks and sandals, the siren song of a backyard BBQ is hard to pass up. Yaa Bofah, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2022 The siren song of Lennon/McCartney once again drowns her out. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Previous leaders in Moscow — above all Mr. Gorbachev and Nikita S. Khrushchev — are portrayed as dupes, bewitched by the siren song of liberal reform and Western superiority. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Eventually in 2019, the siren song of the clock awakened the motivation within me as the old nagging question came back: What was my body willing and able to do? John Aerni-flessner, Outside Online, 28 Jan. 2020 Resolving to do the same thing each day, at the same time, has given my life a center, insulating me from the siren song of novelty and distraction that has caused me so much unhappiness in the past. Meghan O’gieblyn, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 The intake sound reminds us of the sounds of our youth and draws in our adult selves like a siren song. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 These lucrative exits are the siren song that have attracted so many investors into the startup market in recent months. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 18 Oct. 2021 In a moment of personal and collective crisis, the siren song of a self-help book is strong. Eleanor Cummins, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of siren song

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of siren song was in 1568

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10 May 2022

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“Siren song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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