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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Allure  \Al*lure"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Alluded};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Alluring}.]  [OF.  aleurrer  alurer  fr  a  (L.  ad)  +  leurre 
  lure.  See  {Lure}.] 
  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  --Falconer. 
 
  The  golden  sun  in  splendor  likest  Heaven  Allured  his 
  eye.  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  To  attract;  entice;  tempt;  decoy;  seduce. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Allure},  {Entice},  {Decoy},  {Seduce}.  These  words 
  agree  in  the  idea  of  acting  upon  the  mind  by  some 
  strong  controlling  influence,  and  differ  according  to 
  the  image  under  which  is  presented.  They  are  all  used 
  in  a  bad  sense  except  allure,  which  has  sometimes 
  (though  rarely)  a  good  one  We  are  allured  by  the 
  prospect  or  offer  (usually  deceptive)  of  some  future 
  good.  We  are  commonly  enticed  into  evil  by  appeals  to 
  our  passions.  We  are  decoyed  into  danger  by  false 
  appearances  or  representations.  We  are  seduced  when 
  drawn  aside  from  the  path  of  rectitude.  What  allures 
  draws  by  gentle  means  what  entices  leads  us  by 
  promises  and  persuasions;  what  decoys  betrays  us  as 
  it  were  into  a  snare  or  net;  what  seduces  deceives  us 
  by  artful  appeals  to  the  passions. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alluring  \Al*lur"ing\,  a. 
  That  allures;  attracting;  charming;  tempting.  -- 
  {Al*lur"ing*ly},  adv  --  {Al*lur"ing*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alluring 
  adj  :  highly  attractive  and  able  to  arouse  hope  or  desire;  "an 
  alluring  prospect";  "her  alluring  smile";  "the  voice 
  was  low  and  beguiling";  "difficult  to  say  no  to  an 
  enticing  advertisement";  "a  tempting  invitation"  [syn: 
  {beguiling},  {enticing},  {tempting}] 




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