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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
Recent Examples on the Web Detecting many kinds of cancers early, with a simple blood test for DNA shed by tumor cells, is a seductive prospect. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "DNA blood test spots cancers in seemingly cancer-free women, but also produces false alarms," 28 Apr. 2020 There are big dance numbers and seductive little ones, and on the whole this film is a lot like the first, with some big winks at the audience and some shiny spandex to keep it all sparkly. Mamma Mia! Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a kooky, poppy romp," 18 July 2018 Being trapped at home, there’s something very seductive about it — and maybe a little bit bittersweet. Los Angeles Times, "‘Every night at 7 o’clock I burst into tears’: TV mentor Tim Gunn is freaked out too," 16 Apr. 2020 The most seductive restaurant in Baltimore comes with a caveat: Good luck securing a date with Le Comptoir du Vin. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "It’s tough to score a table at this tiny Baltimore bistro, but you’ll be so happy you did," 11 Mar. 2020 What has really taken them over are seductive, self-destructive Nietzschean concepts of embracing pain and flirting with death as pathways to higher truths. Jennifer Vineyard, New York Times, "Bill Pullman Digs Deeper on ‘The Sinner’ Season 3 Finale," 26 Mar. 2020 Prepare to be transported to hell and back by Anaïs Mitchell’s seductive score, a soulful mix of musical styles — folk, pop, blues and Dixieland, among others — composed on a guitar. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Hadestown’ and ‘The Cher Show’ among the highlights of Playhouse Square 2020-21 KeyBank Broadway Series," 3 Mar. 2020 In the end, Madame Yale’s seductive sales pitch proved her downfall. Emmeline Clein, Smithsonian Magazine, "Madame Yale Made a Fortune With the 19th Century’s Version of Goop," 20 Feb. 2020 The songstress took to Twitter on Wednesday (Feb. 12) to share a seductive photo in a set from her Savage x Fenty collection. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Rihanna Asks You to 'Be Mine' With Sultry Photo in Savage x Fenty Lingerie," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of seductive

1651, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Seductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seductive

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

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