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allurement

[uh-loo r-muh nt]
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noun
  1. fascination; charm.
  2. the means of alluring.
  3. the act or process of alluring.

Origin of allurement

First recorded in 1540–50; allure1 + -ment
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Examples from the Web for allurement

Historical Examples

  • "If I give her to them, she will never be a widow," was the allurement there.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • The good God has given you love, the only allurement in life.

  • It is a peaceful scene, not without something of allurement.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • She gets the charm and the allurement of the growing bud on life's tree.

    The Family and it's Members

    Anna Garlin Spencer

  • This is the allurement of war, its persistent illusion, perhaps.


Word Origin and History for allurement

n.

1540s, "means of alluring;" see allure + -ment. Meaning "act of alluring" is recorded from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper