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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
1525-35; allure1 + -ing2
Related forms
alluringly, adverb
alluringness, noun
unalluring, adjective
unalluringly, adverb

allure1

[uh-loo r] /əˈlʊər/
verb (used with object), allured, alluring.
1.
to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable.
2.
to fascinate; charm.
verb (used without object), allured, alluring.
3.
to be attractive or tempting.
noun
4.
fascination; charm; appeal.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English aluren < Middle French alurer, equivalent to a- a-5 + lurer to lure
Related forms
allurer, noun
unallured, adjective
Synonyms
1. entice, lure. 2. enchant, entrance, captivate. 4. glamor, attraction.
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alluring

/əˈljʊərɪŋ; əˈlʊə-/
adjective
1.
enticing; fascinating; attractive
Derived Forms
alluringly, adverb

allure

/əˈljʊə; əˈlʊə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to entice or tempt (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; attract
noun
2.
attractiveness; appeal: the cottage's allure was its isolation
Derived Forms
allurement, noun
allurer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French alurer, from lure bait, lure
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Word Origin and History for alluring
n.

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

adj.

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

allure

v.

c.1400, from Anglo-French alurer, Old French aleurer "to attract, captivate; train a falcon to hunt," from à "to" (see ad-) + loirre "falconer's lure," from a Frankish word (see lure), perhaps influenced by French allure "gait, way of walking." Related: Allured; alluring. The noun is first attested 1540s; properly this sense is allurement.

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