seduce

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verb se·duce \ si-ˈdüs , -ˈdyüs \

Definition of seduce

seduced; seducing
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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of seduce

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

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 English Language Learners

seduce

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Definition of seduce for English Language Learners

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

  • : to persuade (someone) to do something


SEDUCE Defined for Kids

seduce

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verb se·duce \ si-ˈdüs , -ˈdyüs \

Definition of seduce for Students

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


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