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Meaning of ALLURE

Pronunciation:  u'lûr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the power to entice or attract through personal charm
  2. [v]  dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"

ALLURE is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: allurement, tempt, temptingness
 See Also: appeal, attract, attraction, attractiveness, bid, invitation, invite



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Al*lure"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Alluded}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Alluring}.] [OF. aleurrer, alurer, fr. a (L. ad) + leurre
    lure. See {Lure}.]
    To attempt to draw; to tempt by a lure or bait, that is, by
    the offer of some good, real or apparent; to invite by
    something flattering or acceptable; to entice; to attract.
          With promised joys allured them on.      --Falconer.
          The golden sun in splendor likest Heaven Allured his
          eye.                                     --Milton.
    Syn: To attract; entice; tempt; decoy; seduce.
    Usage: To {Allure}, {Entice}, {Decoy}, {Seduce}. These words
           agree in the idea of acting upon the mind by some
           strong controlling influence, and differ according to
           the image under which is presented. They are all used
           in a bad sense, except allure, which has sometimes
           (though rarely) a good one. We are allured by the
           prospect or offer (usually deceptive) of some future
           good. We are commonly enticed into evil by appeals to
           our passions. We are decoyed into danger by false
           appearances or representations. We are seduced when
           drawn aside from the path of rectitude. What allures
           draws by gentle means; what entices leads us by
           promises and persuasions; what decoys betrays us, as
           it were, into a snare or net; what seduces deceives us
           by artful appeals to the passions.
  2. \Al*lure"\, n.
    Allurement. [R.] --Hayward.
  3. \Al`lure"\, n. [F.; aller to go.]
    Gait; bearing.
          The swing, the gait, the pose, the allure of these men.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: appeal, bait, bewitch, captivate, charisma, charm, decoy, delude, draw, enchant, entice, entrap, fascinate, fascination, glamour, inveigle, lead on, magnetism, magnetize, seduce, take, tempt, toll, wile, witchcraft, witchery, woo