V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. an attractive or tempting quality; 2. the power to entice or attract; (v.) to attract in a powerful way

Synonyms: (n.) charm, appeal, seductiveness, attraction, temptation, glamour, (v.) captivate, tempt, attract, enchant, entice

Antonyms: (n.) unattractiveness, (v.) estrange, disaffect

Tips: Allure is derived from the old French luere, "bait." Think of how a lure attracts fish by acting as bait. This can help you remember that something that has allure is attractive. The related adjective is alluring and the adverb form is alluringly.

Usage Examples:

The allure of big-city life draws young people away from small towns. (attraction, seductiveness) noun

She looked at him across the crowded room and smiled alluringly. (enticingly, attractively) adverb

The allure of blue skies and warm weather led me to book a vacation to Hawaii. (appeal, temptation) noun

People were drawn to the reality tv show auditions by the allure of fame. (appeal, temptation) noun

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