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[uh-loo r-ing] /əˈlʊər ɪŋ/
very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
fascinating; charming.
Origin of alluring
First recorded in 1525-35; allure1 + -ing2
Related forms
alluringly, adverb
alluringness, noun
unalluring, adjective
unalluringly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The sun shone warm and bright; the chinook blew balmily and alluringly; the trail stretched before us dry and level.

  • Might their melodies not strike freshly and alluringly on the ear to-day?

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • Once again Max spoke softly, with the softness that broke so alluringly across the reckless independence of look and gesture.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • In its fundamental principles, however, it is alluringly simple.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
  • The alluringly beautiful lace of Sibyl had reappeared in Paradise Valley.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • He had never imagined her so wonderfully, so alluringly beautiful.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I mean the toffee-apple about which, if you remember, Vesta Victoria used to sing so alluringly.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • He will give up the idea of fame and fortune so alluringly set forth in the circulars sent out by some attorneys.

  • All the attractions of the luxurious home he had abandoned rose up before him most alluringly.

  • It may be an alluringly shabby little dress that saves her from the gallows.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
British Dictionary definitions for alluringly


/əˈljʊərɪŋ; əˈlʊə-/
enticing; fascinating; attractive
Derived Forms
alluringly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alluringly



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


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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