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

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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 My husband had already covered the top half of the walls with a flowered wallpaper that had seduced me. Christine Kalafus, Longreads, "Renovating a Family," 28 Dec. 2019 People who are just listening to the news are easily seduced into thinking this is all about protecting the border or protecting our security or making sure the people who are here are here legally. Sinduja Rangarajan, Quartz India, "In Trump’s America, the H-1B dream has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare for skilled Indians," 3 Dec. 2019 Over the past decade, athletes, coaches, and researchers have been seduced by the performance-boosting promises of brain stimulation. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Apple’s Head of Marketing Wrongfully Dunks on Chromebooks," 15 Nov. 2019 Kathy seduces the information out of Agent Tom Shaw (Jon Hamm) that the FBI (tipped off by a college dean) is investigating Jewell. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘Richard Jewell’ takes Eastwood’s libertarian ethos to questionable ends," 13 Dec. 2019 In the case of C.K. and others emblematic of the #MeToo movement, victims were women hoping to further their careers, with perpetrators successful men who tried to seduce them with prospects of connections. Christina Tkacik,, "Louis C.K. returns to Baltimore this weekend. Some say it’s too soon.," 13 Dec. 2019 Still, his swan possesses a surprising tenderness that contrasts vividly with his wildly cruel take on the Stranger, a man clad in black leather who swoops into the palace ball and seduces nearly everyone in sight. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake," 6 Dec. 2019 Kelley and Whalen are each accused of assaulting a student after a night of drinking, attempting to seduce women under their supervision and punishing those who rebuffed their advances in the Department of Psychological and Brain Science. CBS News, "Dartmouth settles lawsuit over sexual misconduct allegations against former professors," 6 Aug. 2019 The work depicts a macabre scene from the apocryphal book of Judith, in which the namesake widow saves the Jewish people by seducing and then beheading Holofernes, the general of a besieging army. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Unidentified Buyer Adds to the Caravaggio Mystery," 25 June 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Seduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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