ETYM Old Fren. afinité, French affinité, Latin affinites, from affinis. Related to Affined.
Close relationship; attraction; resemblance; Law, relationship by marriage; Chemistry, force causing elements to combine.
1. A natural attraction or feeling of kinship:.
2. Inherent resemblance between persons or things.
3. A close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; SYN. kinship.
4. The force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule; SYN. chemical attraction.
5. (Immunology) The attraction between an antigen and an antibody.
6. (Biology) State of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts: SYN. phylogenetic relation.
The power to entice or attract through personal charm; SYN. allurement, temptingness.
allurement / əlʊəmənt /
amiability / emiəbɪləti /
The quality of being amiable; amiableness; sweetness of disposition.
amiableness / eɪmiəblnəs /
Friendliness, amenity; pleasantness
appeal / əpiːl /
In law, an application for a rehearing of all or part of an issue that has already been dealt with by a lower court or tribunal.
The outcome can be a new decision on all or part of the points raised, or the previous decision may be upheld. In criminal cases, an appeal may be against conviction and either the prosecution or the defense may appeal against sentence.
ETYM Latin attractio: cf. French attraction.
1. The force by which one object attracts another; SYN. attractive force.
2. A characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts people; SYN. attractive feature.
3. The quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; SYN. attractiveness.
4. An entertainment that is offered to the public.
attractiveness / ətræktɪvnəs /
A beauty that appeals to the senses.
charm / tʃɑːrm /
Sinonimi: good luck charm
ETYM French charme, from Latin carmen song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. çasman, çasâ, a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise, to sing.
Something believed to bring good luck; SYN. good luck charm.
In physics, a property possessed by one type of quark (very small particles found inside protons and neutrons), called the charm quark. The effects of charm are only seen in experiments with particle accelerators. See elementary particles.
cuteness / kjuːtnəs /
loveliness / lʌvlɪnəs /
ETYM From Lovely.
The state or quality of being lovely.
ETYM Old Fren. loire, loirre, loerre, French leurre lure, decoy; of German origin; cf. Mid. High Germ. luoder, German luder lure, carrion.
1. Qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward; SYN. enticement, come-on.
2. An object usually of leather or feathers attached to a long cord and used by a falconer to recall or exercise a hawk.
3. An inducement to pleasure or gain; enticement; appeal, attraction.
4. A decoy for attracting animals to capture: as artificial bait used for catching fish; an often luminous structure on the head of pediculate fishes that is used to attract prey.
A verbal formula believed to have magical force; SYN. magic spell, charm.
spice / spaɪs /
ETYM Old Eng. spice, spece, spice, species, Old Fren. espice, espece, French épice spice, espčce species, from Latin species particular sort or kind. Related to Spy, Species.
1. Any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food.
2. Aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative.
Any aromatic vegetable substance used as a condiment and for flavoring food. Spices are mostly obtained from tropical plants, and include pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. They have little food value but increase the appetite and may facilitate digestion.
ETYM Latin vicinitas, from vicinus neighboring, near, from vicus a row of houses, a village; akin to Greek oikos a house, Skr. vęça a house, viç to enter, Goth. weihs town: cf. Old Fren. vicinité. Related to Diocese, Economy, Parish, Vicinage, Wick a village.
A surrounding or nearby region; SYN. locality, neighborhood, neighbourhood.
zest / zest /
ETYM French zeste, probably from Latin schistos split, cleft, divided, Greek zelos. Related to Schism.
1. A piece of orange or lemon peel, or the aromatic oil which may be squeezed from such peel, used to give flavor to liquor, etc.
2. Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.
3. The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut.