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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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For men, there ate three body esteem domains: physical attractiveness (facial features and some aspects of the physique, such as nose), upper body strength (tipper body parts and functions that can be changed through exercise, such as chest), and physical condition (feelings about one's stamina, strength, and agility).
Research has established that physical attractiveness is the biggest determinant of success in the online dating market.
Women have always been fixated on their physical attractiveness, because that's traditionally how men chose a partner.
Dubbs at the University of Groningen, who recently published their findings in the Review of General Psychology, said the consistency of the conflict across cultures suggests the hand of evolution: Parents and offspring clash, the researchers argued, because their genetic self-interests, while overlapping, are not identical.The reason young people care so much about intellectual and physical attractiveness, the scientists suggested, is that these characteristics are markers of genetic fitness.
It would be nice to think that beauty and attractiveness were significantly different - that we all have a unique sense of what is physical attractiveness for us.
This study examined the association between sexual orientation and the perception of men's physical attractiveness. Twenty-seven heterosexual men and 23 gay men were asked to rate, according to physical attractiveness, a series of images of real men with known body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-chest ratio (WCR).
Some studies have also indicated that female college students, adolescents, and pre-adolescents compare their physical attractiveness with that of models in ads (Richins, 1991; Martin & Kennedy, 1993, 1994).
Women get pickier about whom they date the more options they have and although females say that they rate intelligence over attractiveness in their search for a mate, when they try "speed dating," physical attractiveness leads their list--outpacing intelligence, sincerity, and compatibility--to the same degree as it does for men, according to a study by Stanford (Calif.) University, Columbia University, New York.
Patzer (business administration, Roosevelt U.) has made important inroads into the study of physical attractiveness, one result being this assessment of its power in societies around the world and the facets of that study.
"There is now a computer program that can measure someone's physical attractiveness down to a decimal point.
Swami, Knight, Tovee, Davies, & Furnham, 2006; Swami & Tovee, 2005a; Swami, Tovee, Furnham, & Mangalparsad, in press) have confirmed that body weight, as opposed to body shape (measured by the waist-to-hip ratio; WHR), is the primary cue to female physical attractiveness across cultures.
Study leader Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, said, 'Physical attractiveness is good for both men and women, but it is much better for women than for men.

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