se·​duce | \ si-ˈdüs How to pronounce seduce (audio) , -ˈdyüs \
seduced; seducing

Definition of seduce

transitive verb

1 : to persuade to disobedience or disloyalty
2 : to lead astray usually by persuasion or false promises
3 : to carry out the physical seduction of : entice to sexual intercourse
4 : attract

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seducer noun

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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

Examples of seduce in a Sentence

He tried to seduce her. She was seduced by an older man. The other team seduced him with a better offer.
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Recent Examples on the Web No amount of Super Bowl rings could seduce him into a state of complacency. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Even with six Super Bowl rings, Bucs' Tom Brady still had something to prove to himself," 24 Jan. 2021 In the second room hang her masterpieces: two huge canvases of Judith, another biblical heroine, sawing off the head of Holofernes, having been sent to seduce and kill him. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Isn’t She Good—For a Woman?," 10 Jan. 2021 While recuperating from his wound at a French hospital, Hikmet flirts with a nun but fails to seduce her after gifting her an expensive copy of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal. Kaya Genç, The New Republic, "When Historical Fiction Is a Crime," 30 Dec. 2020 In one episode, Ben dances for Jen in a blend of trying to cheer her up and also seduce her a bit. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): The story behind James Marsden's unexpected return to Dead to Me," 22 Dec. 2020 The allegations, often made by obscure Hindu nationalist activists on social media or by local religious figures, might accuse Muslim clerics of training good-looking young men to seduce gullible Hindu women. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Hindu Nationalists’ Crazy Crackdown on ‘Love Jihad’," 25 Nov. 2020 Joined by pop princesses Madison Beer and Kim Petras to give voice to the demonic character Evelynn, K/DA boasts their pitch-perfect production yet again, this time to seduce the listener into a state of calm before delivering their killing blow. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 30 Best Pop Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 11 Dec. 2020 Each animal gets about 30 seconds of screen time to seduce a window shopper. Sam Whiting,, "No doggies in the window as Christmas tradition goes virtual at Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco," 22 Nov. 2020 He is charged with lewd conduct, use of computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child, and two counts of transmission of harmful materials to a minor. Lina Ruiz,, "Man sent nude photos to detective posing as teen, Osceola deputies say," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of seduce

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seduce

Late Latin seducere, from Latin, to lead away, from se- apart + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

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5 Feb 2021

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“Seduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seduce

: to persuade (someone) to have sex with you
: to persuade (someone) to do something


se·​duce | \ si-ˈdüs How to pronounce seduce (audio) , -ˈdyüs \
seduced; seducing

Kids Definition of seduce

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

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