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

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The Laundromat, playing in competition at the Venice Film Festival and released by Netflix, begins as a seduction and ends as a manifesto. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat Does More Than Explain the Panama Papers—It’s a Rallying Cry Against Greed," 1 Sep. 2019 That is east of the Industrial Canal and across the Danziger Bridge from the glamorous notion of New Orleans — of French Quarter gaslights, street musicians and laissez les bon temps rouler seduction — that feeds the world’s imagination. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah M. Broom shows her New Orleans in ‘The Yellow House’," 9 Aug. 2019 Murder, crime, seduction, private eyes, femme fatales, and ridiculous metaphors. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Greek festival, comedy and more," 25 Aug. 2019 The objects could have been part of ritualistic jewelry used in ceremonies for things fertility, seduction, or to look for omens about a birth or pregnancy. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Sorceress’s Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 Six easygoing seductions about various shades of love, lust and loneliness, the record mixes casual guitar lines, muffled percussion and thrift store keyboards. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the teenage old souls making dreamy Latinx pop, from their bedroom to yours," 14 Aug. 2019 There is a seduction that gets interrupted by a worm followed by even further cyber-posturing, but eventually Nat sets her eyes on the real prize: becoming the actual Mrs. Massimo. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Penetration testing takes on new meaning when cyber meets Harlequin," 5 July 2019 There are scenes of seduction, intrigue, frivolity and betrayal, all leading up to the final events that take on the appearance of a farce (though not French). Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre," 12 June 2019 Yet this Orientalism preferred to recast the West’s violent conquests as consensual interactions: seductions, not rapes. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "‘Orientalism,’ Then and Now," 20 May 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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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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