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 In most cases the visual seduction found in these paintings is earned by a complex union of off-kilter, almost sour gray-yellows and muddy layered greens among the more overt attractions of pale purples and satisfying blues. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Warm and fuzzy: Marjorie Norman Schwarz’s paintings at Dallas’ 12.26 gallery reward viewers’ patience," 15 Jan. 2020 BoJack’s near-seduction of his old friend’s daughter changed the show forever, indicating that creators Rapheal Bob-Waksberg and Lisa Hanawalt would not shy away from exploring the darkness at the core of their protagonist. Christian Holub,, "The best animated shows (and episodes) of the decade," 19 Dec. 2019 Shane, a hairdresser whose own unruly shag haircut has been restrained if not redeemed, is suffering through a divorce, and comforts herself, as usual, with a series of ambivalent seductions. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "“The L Word” Reboot Seeks to Absolve the Original’s Sins," 11 Dec. 2019 Bloomsbury; 448 pages; $30 and £25 Richard Sorge’s bravery and recklessness in the Soviet cause in Tokyo—where boozing and seduction were among his main espionage techniques—were matched by the venality and cowardice of his masters in Moscow. The Economist, "Our books of the year," 7 Dec. 2019 Instead, Wynn uses a different tool to humorously undermine her most sanctimonious right-wing targets: seduction. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 Ovid counsels that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that asking a woman’s age is not a recipe for seduction. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 But Nina has caught the lazy attention of Trigorin, laying the groundwork for the seduction, madness and attempted suicide to come. Andrea Simakis,, "Dobama Theatre opens 60th season with ‘Stupid (Bleeping) Bird,’ a meta fine sendup of Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’," 13 Sep. 2019 Married sleuths are caught in a web of seduction, intrigue and murder in Australia. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Seduction.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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