allure
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /əˈl(j)ʊɚ/
Noun

allure

  1. The power to attract, entice; the quality causing attraction.
  2. (dated) gait; bearing
    • Harper's Magazine
      The swing, the gait, the pose, the allure of these men.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: аллю́р
Verb

allure (allures, present participle alluring; past and past participle allured)

  1. (transitive) To entice; to attract.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto XII, stanza 31, pages 370–371 ↗:
      They were faire Ladies, till they fondly ſtriu’d / With th’Heliconian maides for mayſtery; / Of whom they ouer-comen, were depriu’d / Of their proud beautie, and th’one moyity / Transform’d to fiſh, for their bold ſurquedry, / But th’vpper halfe their hew retayned ſtill, / And their ſweet skill in wonted melody; / Which euer after they abuſd to ill, / T’allure weake trueillers, whom gotten they did kill.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 8, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Injustice doth allure them; as the honour of their vertuous actions enticeth the good.
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