se·duce | \si-ˈdüs, -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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Faced with haunting premonitions that his secret wife, Padmé Amidala, is going to die, Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side, turning against his master Obi-Won and helping to topple the Jedi. Jevon Phillips,, "Following 'Star Wars': From 'Phantom Menace' to 'The Last Jedi'," 16 May 2018 After Wormley allows himself to be seduced by the old poet, repugnance turns to fury and finally, wrenchingly, to love. Mark Swed,, "Walt Whitman's operatic America in 'Crossing' gets its West Coast premiere," 27 May 2018 Something of a black widow, Cotton seduced and executed multiple husbands by lacing their tea with arsenic, but not before taking out life insurance policies. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey Star Joanne Froggatt Returns to PBS in a Gruesome New Role," 29 Apr. 2017 In the film, Hines stars as a street-smart homeless woman named Cece who teams up with her best friend Chrissie, played by the film’s screenwriter, Stacey Maltin, to seduce men into giving them food and shelter. Mike Miller,, "Morgan Freeman's Step-Granddaughter Talks About Her Final Role Before She Was Brutally Killed," 9 May 2018 Remember that, at least according to legend, after seducing Eve into eating the apple, the snake loses its legs and is forced to slither on his belly. David Scharfenberg,, "Why we’re told to ‘stand up straight!’," 5 May 2018 Dawson had another best friend, too: an underachieving jokester named Pacey (Joshua Jackson), who spent most of season one getting seduced by his English teacher in a deeply uncomfortable storyline. Constance Grady, Vox, "20 years ago, Dawson’s Creek introduced a love triangle that changed teen soaps forever," 28 Mar. 2018 Take the time to seduce yourself and touch all over your body. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: How Do I Ask My Partner for Oral Sex?," 28 June 2018 The works that seduce our ears most, or the ones that most effectively scare the dickens out of us with visions of fire and brimstone? James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Play the ‘Best’ of Bach?," 22 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of seduce

: to persuade (someone) to have sex with you

: to persuade (someone) to do something


se·duce | \si-ˈdüs, -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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evasion of direct action or statement

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