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

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 Childhood toys such as a hobby horse are turned into erotic playthings, and pastimes such as pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey become games of seduction. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The story at the center of Anais in Love is one of seduction. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Like Ozzy, James knows how to turn crooning about weed into a potent act of seduction. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 The technologically savvy bodices at Christian Dior and metal bustiers at Balmain are pushing corsetry into the future—less mode of seduction, more mode of protection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 The most significant incidents—a slap, a seduction, a suicide—exist only as rumors, referred to after the fact, and the material that does make it to the page behaves like anti-narrative. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 It’s like the plot of some novel, or opera, of temptation, seduction, folly, and misery. Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 11 Apr. 2019 This von Kant has also switched careers from fashion designer in the original to successful film director here, allowing Ozon to reflect on the particular forms of seduction, ego-massage and love-hate veneration between cineaste and muse. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Feb. 2022 Klosterman is aware of this seduction and is writing against it. SPIN, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Seduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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