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seductress

[si-duhk-tris] /sɪˈdʌk trɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who seduces.
Origin of seductress
1795-1805
1795-1805; obsolete sedut(o)r (< Late Latin sēductor; see seduce, -tor) + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for seductress
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  • And yet why did this face, which had in it none of the charms of the seductress, disturb her so profoundly?

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Make peace with the seductress, who leads the prince from the path of virtue!

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • You're a seductress and a witch and a sorcerer and an enchantress.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • Paphnutius for instance, who was visited by such a seductress.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • She was an adventuress, a Cyprian, a seductress attempting to snare Peter in the brazen web of her comeliness.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • Like a seductress in green, the mountain lured the stranger on with promises of things that were ahead.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
Word Origin and History for seductress
n.

1803, "female seducer," with -ess + obsolete seductor (late 15c., displaced by seducer), from a direct borrowing of the Latin agent noun of seducere (see seduce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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