- to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; corrupt.
- to persuade or induce to have sexual intercourse.
- to lead or draw away, as from principles, faith, or allegiance: He was seduced by the prospect of gain.
- to win over; attract; entice: a supermarket seducing customers with special sales.
Origin of seduce
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Examples from the Web for seducer
Legendary Italian seducer Casanova is rumored to have eaten more than fifty oysters a day to boost his sexual prowess.Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
No, I based him on a sort of Mephistophelean character—more of a seducer, and more demonic, in a way.Keanu Reeves on ‘Man of Tai Chi,’ ‘Bill & Ted’ & ‘Point Break’
September 13, 2013
Indeed, I can hardly, at times, bear the seducer in my sight.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
She fancied every man a seducer, and every hour an hour of accumulating peril!Beaux and Belles of England
Her seducer was poor, so that it was not his fortune that attracted her.
The seduced, on the contrary, falls completely under the power of the seducer.
The thoughts, sentiments and will are all directed by the impulses of the seducer.
feminine seductress (sɪˈdʌktrɪs)
- a person who entices, allures, or seduces, esp one who entices another to engage in sexual intercourse
- to persuade to engage in sexual intercourse
- to lead astray, as from the right action
- to win over, attract, or lure
Word Origin and History for seducer
1520s, "to persuade a vassal, etc., to desert his allegiance or service," from Latin seducere "lead away, lead astray," from se- "aside, away" (see secret (n.)) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Sexual sense, now the prevailing one, is attested from 1550s and apparently was not in Latin. Originally "entice (a woman) to a surrender of chastity." Related: Seduced; seducing.
Replaced Middle English seduisen (late 15c.), from Middle French séduire "seduce," from Old French suduire "to corrupt, seduce," from Latin subducere "draw away, withdraw, remove," from sub- "from under, further" (see sub-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke).