seductive

adjective

se·​duc·​tive si-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce seductive (audio)
: tending to seduce : having alluring or tempting qualities
a seductive, sometimes disingenuous manThatcher Freund
a seductive aroma
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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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seductive was in 1651

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“Seductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seductive. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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seductive

adjective
se·​duc·​tive si-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce seductive (audio)
: tending to seduce : alluring, tempting
seductively adverb
seductiveness noun

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