(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Drawing toward
1. (act of attracting) attraction, attractiveness; drawing to, pulling toward, adduction, magnetism, gravity, gravitation; affinity. See traction.
2. (something that attracts) allurement, seduction, fascination, appeal, enticement, temptation, the world, the flesh, and the devil (See desire); lode-stone, lodestar, polestar; [bar or horseshoe] magnet, electromagnet, siderite, alnico, magnetic north; lure, glamour, charm, charisma; decoy, bait; femme fatale; center of attraction or attention, focus. Slang, rainmaker; draw.
1. (attract physically) attract, lure; draw or pull toward; adduct.
2. (cause desire) allure, seduce, interest, charm, captivate, fascinate, tempt, entice, lure, lead on; rope in; make one's mouth water. Slang, make a play for, hit on, come onto, make, race [off].
1. (which attracts) attracting, attrahent, attractive, adducent, adductive; magnetic, magnetized.
2. (which is attractive) attractive, charming, alluring, engaging, interesting, winning, prepossessing, captivating, bewitching, fascinating, seductive; mouth-watering; charismatic. See beauty.
Phrases — stolen fruit is sweet.
Quotations — And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Bible), I can resist everything except temptation (Oscar Wilde), There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice (Mark Twain).
Antonyms, See repulsion.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of drawing toward]
Syn. magnetism, allurement, fascination, captivation, temptation, pull, gravitation, affinity, inclination, tendency, enticement, draw.
Ant. repulsion, revulsion, alienation.
2. [That which draws toward itself]
Syn. gravity, magnet, lure, bait, decoy, blind, charm, appeal, allure, drawing power, pull*, glamour, sex appeal, spectacle, display, demonstration, performance, drawing card*, main event*, sucker bait*, plant*.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
appeal, temptation, magnetism, affinity, pull, charm, interest, allure, bewitchment, fascination, enticement, *chemistry, charisma.
ANT.: repellant, repulsion, aversion
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The power or quality of attracting: allure, allurement, appeal, attractiveness, call, charisma, charm, draw, enchantment, enticement, fascination, glamour, lure, magnetism, witchery. Informal: pull. See LIKE.

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