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1. Pleasing to the senses or mind, as by being beautiful: plants with attractive flowers; an attractive painting.
2. Interesting because of the likelihood of being advantageous or profitable: an attractive business deal.
3. Having the power to attract: the attractive force of gravity.

at·trac′tive·ly adv.
at·trac′tive·ness n.
at·trac·tiv′i·ty n.




  1. Adorable as a baby —Anon

    Babies have long been linked with adjectives that equate appealing (or peaceful) qualities. This commonly used form may have its origins in Swinburne’s “Adorable as is nothing save a child.”

  2. Alluring as a ripe peach —Guy de Maupassant
  3. Appealing as power to a politician —Anon
  4. Appealing as something for nothing —Anon
  5. Appealing as sunlight after a storm —Anon
  6. An appeal shone from her as light from a twisted filament —John Updike
  7. As likable as a jaguar —William Beechcroft
  8. Charm is almost as poor a butter for parsnips as good intentions —Heywood Broun
  9. Charm rolled off him like a halo off an angel —James Kirkwood

    In the television movie adaptation of Kirkwood’s There Must Be a Pony the character played by Elizabeth Taylor uses this simile to characterize the man played by Robert Wagner.

  10. Cute as a bug’s ear —Bobbie Ann Mason
  11. Dazzle like an impressionistic painting in which every brush stroke tells and contains something germane to the whole —V. S. Pritchett on George Meredith
  12. Decorative as the scalps of an Indian brave —Frank Swinnerton
  13. (The novel is often as) disarming as a work of folk art —Bethami Probst, New York Times Book Review, April 12, 1987
  14. Have all the charm of a black widow —Pia Lindstrom, television movie review, 1986
  15. Interesting, like a plot in the mystery books —Louise Erdrich
  16. Inviting as a down comforter —Anon
  17. Look like something that ought to be eaten for dessert —Irwin Shaw
  18. More alluring than an invitation to visit rich and charming friends on the Côte d’Or —Ogden Nash
  19. Seductive as Cleopatra —Louis Bromfield
  20. She’s like a mound of nectarines —Saul Bellow
  21. Unappealing as a meringue with hardly any crust —Anon
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attractiveness - the quality of arousing interestattractiveness - the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; "her personality held a strange attraction for him"
affinity - a natural attraction or feeling of kinship; "an affinity for politics"; "the mysterious affinity between them"; "James's affinity with Sam"
allure, temptingness, allurement - the power to entice or attract through personal charm
binding - the capacity to attract and hold something
drawing power - the capacity for attracting people (customers or supporters)
fascination - the capacity to attract intense interest; "he held the children spellbound with magic tricks and other fascinations"
lure, come-on, enticement - qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
sexual attraction - attractiveness on the basis of sexual desire
showstopper, show-stopper - something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal; "she has a show-stopper of a smile"; "the brilliant orange flowers against the green foliage were a showstopper"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
2.attractiveness - sexual allureattractiveness - sexual allure        
beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
adorability, adorableness - extreme attractiveness
animal magnetism, beguilement, bewitchery - magnetic personal charm
charisma, personal appeal, personal magnetism - a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others
oomph, sex appeal, desirability, desirableness - attractiveness to the opposite sex
appealingness, charm, appeal - attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; "his smile was part of his appeal to her"
spiff - attractiveness in appearance or dress or manner; "he gets by largely on pure spiff"
unattractiveness - an ugliness of appearance that is not appealing to viewers


1. seductiveness, appeal, beauty, charm, good looks, fairness, allure, magnetism, desirability, loveliness, prettiness, gorgeousness, handsomeness, pulchritude (formal or literary), winsomeness, comeliness, engagingness, glamorousness or glamourousness, likableness or likeableness, prepossessingness, takingness, winningness Physical attractiveness can play a major part in how we react to people.
seductiveness ugliness, unsightliness, unbecomingness


جاذِبِيَّه، فِتْنَه
aîdráttarafl, òokki


[əˈtræktɪvnɪs] N [of person, place, voice, price, offer] → lo atractivo


[əˈtræktɪvnɪs] n
(= pleasant appearance) [place, region] → charme m; [person] → beauté f, charme m
(= appeal) [scheme, project, price] → attrait m


nAttraktivität f; (of house, furnishing, view etc)Reiz m; the attractiveness of her appearanceihr reizvolles or ansprechendes or anziehendes Äußeres; the attractiveness of the melodydie ansprechende Melodie


[əˈtræktɪvnɪs] n (of proposition, offer) → attrattiva; (of voice, person) → fascino


(əˈtrӕkt) verb
1. to cause (someone or something) to come towards. A magnet attracts iron; I tried to attract her attention.
2. to arouse (someone's) liking or interest. She attracted all the young men in the neighbourhood.
atˈtraction (-ʃən) noun
1. the act or power of attracting. magnetic attraction.
2. something that attracts. The attractions of the hotel include a golf-course.
atˈtractive (-tiv) adjective
1. pleasant and good- looking. an attractive girl; young and attractive.
2. likeable; tempting. an attractive personality; He found the proposition attractive.
atˈtractively adverb
atˈtractiveness noun
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