allure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v allure dispose or incline or entice to "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
    • n allure the power to entice or attract through personal charm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Allure Allurement.
    • n Allure Gait; bearing. "The swing, the gait, the pose, the allure of these men."
    • v. t Allure To attempt to draw; to tempt by a lure or bait, that is, by the offer of some good, real or apparent; to invite by something flattering or acceptable; to entice; to attract. "With promised joys allured them on.""The golden sun in splendor likest Heaven Allured his eye."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • allure To tempt by the offer of some good, real or apparent; invite by something flattering or acceptable; draw or try to draw by some proposed pleasure or advantage: as, rewards allure men to brave danger.
    • allure To attract; fascinate; charm.
    • allure Synonyms Allure, Lure, Entice, Decoy, Seduce, attract, invite, coax, engage, prevail on. The first five words imply the exercise of strong but subtle influences over the mind or senses. Allure, lure, to attract by a lure or bait, to draw by appealing to the hope of gain or the love of pleasure, differ but little; the former, however, seems to imply a more definite object than lure, which retains perhaps a little more of the original meaning, though it is less often used. Entice expresses most of skill, subtlety, flattery, or fair speech. Decoy is to lead into a snare by false appearances; this word is the one most commonly used in a physical sense. Seduce, to lead astray, generally from rectitude, but sometimes from interest or truth.
    • n allure Allurement.
    • n allure Same as alure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Allure al-lūr′ to draw on as by a lure or bait: to entice
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Quotations

  • Edmund Spenser
    Edmund Spenser
    “Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
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    “Down went the owners -- greedy men whom hope of gain allured: oh, dry the starting tear, for they were heavily insured.”
  • Jonathan Swift
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    “Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.”
  • John Mortimer
    John Mortimer
    “The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. aleurrer, alurer, fr. a,L. ad,) + leurre, lure. See Lure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. alurerà, to, lurer, to Lure.

Usage

In literature:

The prospect was far too alluring to be resisted.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
She flashed at him over her shoulder a smile that had all the allure of lovely youth.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
A black girl, trained in Launceston, thus allured, laid aside her clothing, which she had worn nearly from infancy.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
But the streets were so beautiful and alluring and there were so many people out!
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World" by Margaret Vandercook
In other respects there is little in it to allure us.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
And what are you working at in school that is so alluring?
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
Its shapes and sounds and silences and colours have allured me from first acquaintance.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
As the beauty of the night deepened, the girl's beauty allured like the moon.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
The many frank allurements of youth in Violet charm him insensibly.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Full of despair Tannhaeuser is returning to seek Venus, whose Siren songs already fall alluringly on his ear.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The life behind them glittered, allured, beckoned.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
We must no more admit the allurements of poesy than the attractions of ambition or of riches.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
A revolving door that swept outward musty and yet alluring odours swept them inward.
"Stubble" by George Looms
How it beckoned and allured and tempted.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Here you see the deceptive character of those alluring words.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
At such times the castles in Edinburgh grew dim and ceased to allure.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
With her subtle wit, her grace and alluring beauty, she was far more dangerous than a man; but he was not intimidated.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
But gradually it grew into a note, a high, weird musical note, alluring, electrifying.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
Smoke came from the chimney, and through the open window drifted the strange, alluring sound.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
There is plenty of material in life to allure a mind of either habit.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
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In poetry:

"Our native country scarce can hold
The increase of the year;
So we, allured by love of gold,
Will try our fortunes here."
"The Chinaman" by Anonymous Oceania
How I was caught
Hieing home, after days of allure,
And driven to an inn—small, obscure—
At the junction, fret-fraught!
"The Missed Train" by Thomas Hardy
Wherein we lived but for a day;
A sweeter spot on newer ground
Allured us in the wooded way,
And all was new we newly found.
"Maid And Boy" by John Albee
Whole from her suffering martyrdom
Shells arisen. No tomb
Could hold her, no far blissful heaven
Allure. Her heaven is home.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Thine are visions all alluring,
Form'd to fill the mind of youth;
Till maturer age advancing,
Lights the radiant torch of truth.
"To Hope" by Elizabeth Bath
I ask'd her what there was in guilt
That could her heart allure
To shame, disease, and late remorse?
She answer'd, she was poor.
"The Complaints Of The Poor" by Robert Southey

In news:

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Does Peyton vs Brady have same allure .
Characters from "Shrek" march in a parade aboard Royal Caribbean 's Allure of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean also recently began testing an unlimited drinks package on the Caribbean-based, 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas and sister Oasis of the Seas — the world's largest cruise ships.
Scientists are just beginning to understand this alluring and elusive quality that makes us shine.
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In science:

This remarkable result opens up an alluring opportunity to build up a new general method of consistent description of the both perturbative and intrinsically nonperturbative aspects of hadron dynamics towards the infrared regime.
Analytic Invariant Charge in QCD
Such a correspondence is also supported by Fig. 1 showing that the corresponding states have similar allure, although they differ in magnitude.
Remarcs on the shape transition from spherical to deformed gamma unstable nuclei
Considering that supernova models still fail to robustly explode despite increased sophistication in modeling, it is an alluring possibility that a key element may still be missing .
Neutrino Spectrum from SN 1987A and from Cosmic Supernovae
This sector of the SME is likely to generate further experimental activity as a number of unexplored regions offer the alluring prospect of finding Lorentz violations.
Atomic and optical tests of Lorentz symmetry
This is alluring from a purely theoretical perspective, because of the formidable challenge devising consistent, ghost-free theories of massive gravity has proven to be.
Cosmological Tests of Gravity
Nonetheless, all its features, across all distance scales, are believed to be encoded in a single one-line formula of alluring simplicity; the Lagrangian of QCD.
QCD for Collider Physics
In this review we sift through the effective temperature notion trying to transmit the full allure of the idea.
The effective temperature
Nonetheless, all its features, across all distance scales, are believed to be encoded in a single one-line formula of alluring simplicity; the Lagrangian of QCD.
Introduction to QCD
And the models that make this possible are simply a modified version of the model that gives rise to a large value of the CP violation parameter (ǫ) or the model for efficient annihilation of magnetic monopoles: a feature that makes our main point particularly alluring.
GUT's have the ability to defy sphalerons
The allure of finding new problems that could be shown to be solved faster by quantum algorithms and the challenge of building quantum computing machines has made the field popular amongst mathematicians and physicists.
Prospects for Quantum Computing
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