Synonyms & Antonyms of lure

(Entry 1 of 2)

to lead away from a usual or proper course by offering some pleasure or advantage
  • the hunter lured the lion into the open with the antelope carcass

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Synonyms & Antonyms of lure (Entry 2 of 2)

1 something that persuades one to perform an action for pleasure or gain
  • the promise of easy money is always the lure for some people to play the lottery
  • good schools are a lure for prospective home buyers

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2 something used to attract animals to a hook or into a trap
  • the fish simply didn't seem to like the lure I was using, so I didn't catch a thing

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3 the act or pressure of giving in to a desire especially when ill-advised
  • the lure of the video game was distracting me from my studies

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How does the verb lure differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of lure are decoy, entice, inveigle, seduce, and tempt. While all these words mean "to lead astray from one's true course," lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving.

lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes

When might decoy be a better fit than lure?

In some situations, the words decoy and lure are roughly equivalent. However, decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice.

attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush

When is entice a more appropriate choice than lure?

The synonyms entice and lure are sometimes interchangeable, but entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means.

advertising designed to entice new customers

When is it sensible to use inveigle instead of lure?

While in some cases nearly identical to lure, inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering.

fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni

Where would seduce be a reasonable alternative to lure?

Although the words seduce and lure have much in common, seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises.

seduced by assurances of assistance

When would tempt be a good substitute for lure?

The words tempt and lure are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment.

tempted by the offer of money

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The first known use of lure was in the 14th century

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“Lure.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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