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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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 The conventions are so seductive: A small American town (in this case Ada, Oklahoma), where nothing much happens, until something horrific does. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is the True-Crime Fever Breaking? Watching Netflix’s John Grisham Documentary The Innocent Man," 14 Dec. 2018 The same songwriting team created the even more seductive Once on This Island, a Tony winner this month for Best Revival of a Musical. Daringly, but sometimes to its detriment, Ragtime is a show driven more by ideas than character or plot. Julia M. Klein,, "Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's Ragtime thrills," 17 June 2018 The wardrobe choices also carry hints of the artist's aesthetic, but mixed in with SZA's seductive personal style. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "SZA's Solange-Directed Music Video for "The Weekend" Is Here and The Looks Are Incredible," 22 Dec. 2017 Winners were also handed a customized champions cup and medals by the bride-to-be, dressed in a seductive custom-made slit dress by her old friend Simon Porte Jacquemus. Vogue, "Stylist Lolita Jacobs’s Effortlessly Chic Wedding in the South of France," 26 July 2018 Measure of a Man is set in 1970s, so we are reacquainted with the seductive curves of the Plymouth Volare. Gary Thompson,, "Coming-of-age drama 'Measure of a Man' comes up short | Movie review," 10 May 2018 The real winners of the week, however, may have been Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whose bright pink ensemble modernized 1980s power suits, and Emily Ratajkowski, who mastered the art of 1990s seductive, yet modest knits. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gigi, Kendall, and More of the Best Celebrity Street Style at Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 That color blue is very rich, seductive, and strong. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Maximalist Dream Home Comes to Life In Seville," 5 Sep. 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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