se·​duc·​tion si-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce seduction (audio)
: the act of seducing
especially : the enticement of a person to sexual intercourse
: something that seduces : temptation
: something that attracts or charms

Examples of seduction in a Sentence

The book describes his seductions of young women. the swift seduction of the home buyers into a bigger house than they could afford
Recent Examples on the Web Knowledge kept hidden from others, etymologically linked to the words seduction and excrement. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 Mea Culpa: Criminal defense attorney Mea Harper navigates a complex murder case, where determining her client's innocence reveals a web of secrets and desires, blurring lines between guilt and seduction. Travis Bean, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 As Céline launches a charm offensive — a kind of maternal seduction, even — on the boy, Alice grows ever more anxiously protective: Is her bereft neighbor merely seeking an outlet for her grief, or enacting some kind of covetous revenge? Guy Lodge, Variety, 27 Mar. 2024 The market for online learning courses has boomed in recent years, spanning professional development platforms to online influencers selling lessons on everything from gig work to the timeless art of seduction. Vicky Nguyen, NBC News, 21 Mar. 2024 This whole painting is not quite for real (or at least that’s the inference) in the same way that every seduction is a little bit of theater, a little bit of motivated deception. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 The segmentation of the game suggested the sequences of seduction. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 But for most of the men who overtook the Afghan capital, the city’s bright lights were unfamiliar, and Kabul posed a challenge full of seductions. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 Industry insiders say there is often an element of seduction starting from the audition process and an expectation for young actresses to have physical relations with directors to accelerate their careers. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seduction was in 1526

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“Seduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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