siren song

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siren song

Something that is seductive, enticing, or appealing, but that is or may prove to be dangerous, destructive, or disastrous. Alludes to the Sirens of Greek mythology, beautiful sea creatures who lured sailors to their deaths with enchanting music and voices. Even though most people see the risks of gambling, it's possible rewards remain a siren song to many. After his hit single brought the singer overnight fame and fortune, he was quickly lured by the siren song of drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous sexual activity.
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And many other liberals were sympathetic to Communism for more elevated reasons: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was a siren song for idealists.
And the possibility of discovering life beyond Earth is a siren song to anyone with curiosity, even if, as is surely the case for Mars, that life is no more sophisticated than bread yeast.
Patina not only bespeaks the movement of time, but does so in a manner as seductive as a siren song.
Synergy has become a siren song among the major players in the media and telecommunications industries.