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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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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The first known use of seduction was in 1526

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17 Oct 2021

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“Seduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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