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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Other Words from seduce

seducer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 This metaphor speaks to the tremendous value of pearls as a symbol of the loveliness and major impact of the famous queen and when the context is expanded, applies to all women who possess the ability to seduce men to fall in love with them. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Though MLMs are not cults, these groups do seduce their members into handing over large amounts of money in exchange for promises of getting ahead — albeit financially, rather than spiritually. Alex Mcelroy, Vulture, 21 May 2021 Commitments and reversals, a continually impressive ability to seduce and enthrall, define the major periods in Rich’s life. Lynn Steger Strong, The New Republic, 13 May 2021 His lesbians are actually straight women who might seduce his own male lover, represented as a girl. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 Byer voices Pauline, a bear with perfect fur and perfect nails who uses her feminine wiles to seduce Brenda’s husband. oregonlive, 3 May 2021 After the two get in a fight about Chema’s family and take a few days to cool off, Clara uses this as an opportunity to swoop in, dress up as Lorenzo, and seduce Chema. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 19 May 2021 It was first popularized in 2013 in a Reddit forum called The Red Pill, which is for men who aspire to seduce women using complicated manipulation; the term meant deliberately opening your eyes to the oppression of modern men. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2021 Beaker has feelings but will never be able to fully communicate them; Fozzie Bear wants to tell jokes but will never be funny; Miss Piggy wants to seduce Kermit and will never fully succeed. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2021

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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 Jun 2021

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“Seduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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