se·​duc·​tive | \ si-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce seductive (audio) \

Definition of seductive

: tending to seduce : having alluring or tempting qualities a seductive, sometimes disingenuous man— Thatcher Freund a seductive aroma

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Other Words from seductive

seductively adverb
seductiveness noun

Examples of seductive in a Sentence

the seductive power of advertising people always remarked on the cult leader's seductive personality

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Some of these sidesteps feel a little labored — Khloe's story line is the least interesting — but the brisk pacing and economical style are seductive and keep the reader's attention. Rumaan Alam, Dallas News, "'Very Nice,' indeed: Marcy Dermansky's fourth novel is a great summer read," 25 June 2019 The movie, about a violent police detective investigating a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive novelist could be involved, was controversial at the time for its strong adult content. James Herrera, The Mercury News, "Monterey compound featured in ‘Basic Instinct’ lists for $52 million," 21 June 2019 The designs were opulent yet wearable, seductive but elegant. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Deri’Andra Tucker is forcefully seductive as Mimi, without the character’s usual undercurrent of shaky vulnerability. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Musical ‘Rent’ back in SF, still stuck in the ’90s," 17 June 2019 The first, and most seductive, Invitation (2019), is a teasing boudoir portrait of a young man lying on his stomach, turned to face the viewer, plucking at his thong with a sly confidence. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 Dress it up in a stylishly seductive package, a vintage cocktail dress, and a pair of cowboy boots. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Meet the Poster Girl for L.A.’s Zero-Proof Party Scene," 24 Apr. 2019 The new mom showed off her fit figure in a series of seductive shots seemingly from her hotel room. Fox News, "Kylie Jenner keeps 21st birthday celebrations going in Las Vegas," 13 Aug. 2018 To hear a trombone play a soft, lyrically seductive melodic phrase in the introduction of the Second Symphony — something that was new to symphonic music — was not incompetence but a vision for broadening of the aspects of beauty. Mark Swed,, "Dudamel untangles the strangeness of Schumann's symphonies," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of seductive

1651, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seductive

: sexually attractive
: making someone do or want something : very attractive

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