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alluring

[uh-loo r-ing]
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adjective
  1. very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
  2. fascinating; charming.
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Origin of alluring

First recorded in 1525–35; allure1 + -ing2
Related formsal·lur·ing·ly, adverbal·lur·ing·ness, nounun·al·lur·ing, adjectiveun·al·lur·ing·ly, adverb

allure1

[uh-loo r]
verb (used with object), al·lured, al·lur·ing.
  1. to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable.
  2. to fascinate; charm.
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verb (used without object), al·lured, al·lur·ing.
  1. to be attractive or tempting.
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noun
  1. fascination; charm; appeal.
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Origin of allure1

1375–1425; late Middle English aluren < Middle French alurer, equivalent to a- a-5 + lurer to lure
Related formsal·lur·er, nounun·al·lured, adjective

Synonyms

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1. entice, lure. 2. enchant, entrance, captivate. 4. glamor, attraction.
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Examples from the Web for alluring

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  • In person he is as beautiful as a snake-fence, as alluring as a stone wall.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I can turn a deaf ear to enticements the most alluring, and sounds the most insinuating.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • One of them was tall and majestic, and the other low, and of a shape and figure the most alluring.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • Gibbon said of Lady Elizabeth that she was the most alluring of women.

  • And by her alluring arts she had won her sympathy and confidence.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth


British Dictionary definitions for alluring

alluring

adjective
  1. enticing; fascinating; attractive
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Derived Formsalluringly, adverb

allure

verb
  1. (tr) to entice or tempt (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; attract
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noun
  1. attractiveness; appealthe cottage's allure was its isolation
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Derived Formsallurement, nounallurer, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French alurer, from lure bait, lure
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Word Origin and History for alluring

n.

1530s, "action of attracting," verbal noun from allure (v.).

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adj.

"appealing to desires," 1570s, present participle adjective from allure (v.). Related: Alluringly.

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allure

v.

c.1400, from Anglo-French alurer, Old French aleurer "to attract, captivate; train a falcon to hunt," from à "to" (see ad-) + loirre "falconer's lure," from a Frankish word (see lure), perhaps influenced by French allure "gait, way of walking." Related: Allured; alluring. The noun is first attested 1540s; properly this sense is allurement.

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