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seduce

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transitive verb se·duce \si-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\

Simple Definition of seduce

  • : to persuade (someone) to have sex with you

  • : to persuade (someone) to do something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of seduce

seducedseducing

  1. 1 :  to persuade to disobedience or disloyalty

  2. 2 :  to lead astray usually by persuasion or false promises

  3. 3 :  to carry out the physical seduction of :  entice to sexual intercourse

  4. 4 :  attract

seducer noun

Examples of seduce in a sentence

  1. He tried to seduce her.

  2. She was seduced by an older man.

  3. The other team seduced him with a better offer.



Origin of seduce

Late Latin seducere, from Latin, to lead away, from se- apart + ducere to lead — more at tow


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of seduce

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving <lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes>. entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means <advertising designed to entice new customers>. inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering <fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni>. decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice <attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush>. tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment <tempted by the offer of money>. seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises <seduced by assurances of assistance>.

SEDUCE Defined for Kids

seduce

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verb se·duce \si-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\

Definition of seduce for Students

seducedseducing

  1. :  to persuade (someone) to do something and especially to do something wrong <She was seduced into crime.>





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