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- 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.”
- Alluring as a ripe peach —Guy de Maupassant
- Appealing as power to a politician —Anon
- Appealing as something for nothing —Anon
- Appealing as sunlight after a storm —Anon
- An appeal shone from her as light from a twisted filament —John Updike
- As likable as a jaguar —William Beechcroft
- Charm is almost as poor a butter for parsnips as good intentions —Heywood Broun
- 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.
- Cute as a bug’s ear —Bobbie Ann Mason
- Dazzle like an impressionistic painting in which every brush stroke tells and contains something germane to the whole —V. S. Pritchett on George Meredith
- Decorative as the scalps of an Indian brave —Frank Swinnerton
- (The novel is often as) disarming as a work of folk art —Bethami Probst, New York Times Book Review, April 12, 1987
- Have all the charm of a black widow —Pia Lindstrom, television movie review, 1986
- Interesting, like a plot in the mystery books —Louise Erdrich
- Inviting as a down comforter —Anon
- Look like something that ought to be eaten for dessert —Irwin Shaw
- More alluring than an invitation to visit rich and charming friends on the Côte d’Or —Ogden Nash
- Seductive as Cleopatra —Louis Bromfield
- She’s like a mound of nectarines —Saul Bellow
- Unappealing as a meringue with hardly any crust —Anon
|Noun||1.||attractiveness - 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"
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"
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 allure |
beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
charisma, personal appeal, personal magnetism - a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others
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
seductiveness ugliness, unsightliness, unbecomingness