allure

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Part of Speech

noun, verb

Origin + Etymology

Late Middle English; Latin

from Old French aleurier ‘attract’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to’) + luere ‘a lure’ (originally a falconry term)

Synonyms

    1.
  • attract
  • lure
  • entice
  • tempt
    2.
  • attraction
  • lure
  • draw
  • pull
  • appeal
  • glamour

Antonyms

    1.
  • repel
    2.
  • repulsion

Definition

1. powerfully attract or charm; tempt
2. the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating

Examples

1. The sponsors were allured by the promise of rewarding business opportunities.
2. Her sharp wit greatly contributed to her allure.

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