se·​duc·​tion | \si-ˈdək-shən \

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

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Jacques Garcia is not personally in the business of seduction. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Jacques Garcia Turned an Old Church into London's Hottest Hotel," 23 Aug. 2018 Their daughter Polly’s seduction by the notorious gangster Macheath (Mack the Knife) of course sets the entire plot in motion. Jeremy Eichler,, "Mack the Knife prowls anew with Boston Lyric Opera," 20 Mar. 2018 The video depicts Kevin going through the day where news of the scandal presumably broke, getting mixed reactions of disgust and attempts at seduction by women surrounding him in a retail store, a supermarket and a restaurant. Melania Hidalgo,, "Rebuilding After Scandal: A Look Back at Kevin Hart and Wife Eniko's Nearly 2-Year Marriage," 6 July 2018 Most importantly, his expressive vocals emote deep love and of-the-moment seduction at the same time, a trick most can’t pull off. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "10 Pop Stars to Watch In 2018," 5 Jan. 2018 Earlier this year, more than 100 prominent Frenchwomen — journalists, actresses, doctors and artists — signed an open letter that questioned whether the push for harsher punishment would undermine romance and seduction, long cherished by the French. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "France takes a step forward in fighting catcallers but falls short on setting age of consent," 20 May 2018 Throughout his work, seduction consorts with repulsion, innocence with threat. Leah Ollman,, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 The most notable casualties are Edmund's deliciously devious parallel seductions of Lear's wayward (and married) daughters (Beverly Ward and Meghan Andrews), though enough remains to get the point. Philip Brandes,, "In Ventura, a pared but no less potent 'King Lear'," 23 Mar. 2018 The most damning footage, though, was of Mr. Nix’s suggestion that the company could entrap political rivals through seduction or bribery. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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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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