What does the word allure mean?

Usage examples for allure

  1. The curious persistence of youth in his features seemed unaccountable in view of the heavy marks imprinted there; but they were marks, not lines; bluish hollows under eyes still young, marred contours of the cheek- bone; a hardness about the hollow temples above which his short, bright hair clustered with all its soft, youthful allure undimmed; and in every movement, every turn of his head, there still remained much of that indefinable attractiveness which had always characterised his race- much of the unconscious charm usually known as breeding. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  2. We know it was a mere bait designed to allure and dazzle- the Boer spy had caught many women with it before. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  3. It was a something found that had long been sought for by a thousand restless yearnings and vague desires, less of the heart than mind; not as when youth discovers the one to be beloved, but rather as when the student, long wandering after the clew to some truth in science, sees it glimmer dimly before him, to beckon, to recede, to allure, and to wane again. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton