seduce

verb
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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Other Words from seduce

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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But Hiram isn't the only guy who Hermione seduces in the episode. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Crazy Secrets We Learned About the "Riverdale" Parents on “The Midnight Club” Episode," 8 Nov. 2018 Her sights are set on the philandering J.D. Sheldrake (played by Tony Goldwyn), who seduces Fran, but then goes six weeks without calling her. Jennifer Dixon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Broadway's Promises, Promises Promises to Be Charming," 3 May 2010 Also, Ivy has moved in with Rufus and ends up seducing him (ick). Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, the JoongAng Ilbo, one of South Korea’s top three newspapers, on Monday warned the government not to be seduced by Pyongyang. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "South Korea went gaga over a North Korean singer. Just wait until the rest arrive.," 22 Jan. 2018 As Megan, the hit comedy's wildly inappropriate sister of the groom, McCarthy also hilariously seduced an air marshal (played by her real-life husband, Ben Falcone) and walked away with the movie and an Academy Award nomination. David A. Keeps, Good Housekeeping, "Funny Girl: Exclusive Interview with Melissa McCarthy," 6 Nov. 2012 Publius Clodius Pulcher, a beardless young nobleman who had designs on Pompeia, dressed as a woman and invaded the household intending to seduce or rape her. Bruce K. Chapman, WSJ, "Caesar’s Wife and the Politics of Destruction," 27 Sep. 2018 The Mexican band is ready to seduce the crowd with their cumbia The Mexican band Los Ángeles Azules will play on Coachella’s Main Stage on Friday and during weekend two on April 20. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Los Angeles Azules Plan to 'Seduce' the Coachella Crowd," 12 Apr. 2018 The problem is, these historical narratives seduce you into thinking you really understand what’s going on and why things happened, but most of it is guessing people’s motives and their inner thoughts. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How History Gets Things Wrong," 5 Oct. 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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seduce

verb

English Language Learners Definition of seduce

: to persuade (someone) to have sex with you

: to persuade (someone) to do something

seduce

verb
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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