seduction

noun
se·​duc·​tion | \ si-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce seduction (audio) \

Definition of seduction

1 : the act of seducing especially : the enticement of a person to sexual intercourse
2 : something that seduces : temptation
3 : something that attracts or charms

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Examples of seduction in a Sentence

The book describes his seductions of young women. the swift seduction of the college freshman into a life of drinking and partying
Recent Examples on the Web The big paintings theatricalize stages of adolescent amour—resisted seduction, furtive intimacy, triumphant union, and subsequent nostalgia—among young people at court who were given nothing to do in life except to dress up and to play at love. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "When a Museum Feels Like Home," 8 Feb. 2021 The book knives into questions of power, of resolve, of seduction, of survival. BostonGlobe.com, "A new poetry volume, a Harvard graduate doing great things, and a novel set in rural Vermont," 20 Jan. 2021 Between satirical set pieces in which Wallace tries to tolerate his mostly white friends, Taylor interposes scenes of seduction, intimate conversation, and lyrical flashback. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "My Favorite Fiction of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 On Monday, Netflix dropped the first full-length trailer for the upcoming Shondaland romantic drama Bridgerton — and plenty of seduction, scandal and society papers along with it. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Seduction! Scandal! Society papers! The first full Bridgerton trailer has arrived," 14 Dec. 2020 But Macy’s is still with us, a reminder of the mythic city of the 1950s and ’60s, when the store seemed awesome in its size and capacity for seduction. New York Times, "The Department Store That Does Holiday Cheer Like No Other," 23 Dec. 2020 Also, both understand the seduction of pills and liquor all too well. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is an irresistible coming-of-age drama. No prior chess expertise required (review)," 2 Nov. 2020 There is fear in her eyes but seduction in her smile. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Night Terrors," 3 Nov. 2020 Also, both understand the seduction of pills and liquor all too well. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is an irresistible coming-of-age drama. No prior chess expertise required (review)," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of seduction

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seduction

Middle French, from Late Latin seduction-, seductio, from Latin, act of leading aside, from seducere

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The first known use of seduction was in 1526

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19 Feb 2021

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“Seduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seduction. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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seduction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seduction

: the act of persuading someone to have sex with you
: something that interests and attracts people

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