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alluring

[uh-loo r-ing] /əˈlʊər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
2.
fascinating; charming.
Origin of alluring
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; allure1 + -ing2
Related forms
alluringly, adverb
alluringness, noun
unalluring, adjective
unalluringly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for alluringly
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  • Might their melodies not strike freshly and alluringly on the ear to-day?

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • She turned her bewitching face and smiled at him alluringly.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • It was a very nice-looking kid, and it frisked and gambolled most alluringly.

    Under the Red Crescent Charles S. Ryan
  • This was, however, at present, by no means of an alluringly agreeable character.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
  • "We have a daughter living in Chicago," said Mrs. March, alluringly.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • In its fundamental principles, however, it is alluringly simple.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
  • He had never imagined her so wonderfully, so alluringly beautiful.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • At quarter to three Bella slipped out through the side aisle, beckoning mysteriously and alluringly to Fanny as she went.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • He will give up the idea of fame and fortune so alluringly set forth in the circulars sent out by some attorneys.

  • The empty, darkened parlors of the stately houses looked cool and alluringly tranquil.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
British Dictionary definitions for alluringly

alluring

/əˈljʊərɪŋ; əˈlʊə-/
adjective
1.
enticing; fascinating; attractive
Derived Forms
alluringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alluringly

alluring

n.

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

alluring

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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