verb (used with object), se·duced, se·duc·ing.
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What does seduce mean?
Seduce is also commonly used in a more general way meaning to tempt or influence someone to do something, especially something bad or something they wouldn’t normally do. Though this sense of the word does not involve sex, it’s still often thought of as a metaphor for the type of seducing that does.
Both senses of the word often imply a subtle manipulation in which one’s motives are hidden.
Example: They’re going to try to seduce you with flattery and a fancy dinner, but try to focus on the terms of the deal before you make your decision.
Where does seduce come from?
Seduce comes from the Latin verb sēdūcere, meaning “to lead aside.” (The root dūcere also forms the basis of words like induce, produce, and reduce.) The first records of seduce in English come from the 1470s. Its original use referred to persuading a soldier or servant to desert or change sides. From there, it began to be used in a more general way to refer to influencing someone to do something wrong. Only later did it come to be used in reference to making someone want to have sex.
Today, this is the most commonly used meaning of seduce—and the meaning that’s associated with just about every use of the word, even when it is used more generally. James Bond is notorious for seducing women in this way. This type of seduction is typically thought to be achieved by making yourself irresistible through the way you act or the things you say.
More generally, to seduce someone is to lead them astray or lure them in. This usually involves trying to get them to do something corrupt or at least something they wouldn’t normally do. In Star Wars, villains are always trying to seduce people to the dark side. But it’s not only people who seduce. Sometimes, a person is said to have been seduced by greed or the lure of success. The goal of advertising is sometimes said to be to seduce people to buy a product.
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What are some other forms of seduce?
- seduction (noun)
- seductive (adjective)
- seductively (adverb)
- seductiveness (noun)
- seducer (noun)
- unseductive (adjective)
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How is seduce used in real life?
Seduce often has a somewhat negative connotation that implies that such actions are devious and manipulative. It’s very commonly used in reference to sex, but it’s also commonly used in a general way.
There's a false narrative propagated in seminary to men going into public ministry that women will forever be attempting to seduce them.
Statistics show the opposite. Men in power use their power to seduce/abuse women.
But the Christian community largely believes the falsehood
— David Dzimianski (@DavidDzimianski) May 20, 2020
Landed at LAX. Sleepy. Tomorrow I shall bring young scientists to the dark side, that is, seduce them into becoming patent attorneys.
— brunsli (@brunsli) September 19, 2008
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”- Bill Gates
— John Rampton (@johnrampton) May 22, 2020
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Is seduce used correctly in the following sentence?
Don’t let him seduce you with his lies and empty promises.
Example sentences from the Web for seduce
“Precisely to seduce you…so you are kind to me,” says Castro.
Before long, their husbands were too busy trying to seduce their wives to keep up clashes.Ukrainian Women’s Lysistrata Moment: Sex Strike Against Russian Men|Lizzie Crocker|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Innuendo: Two “punishers” strip down and start to seduce Theon as part of the mindgames enacted by his captor.‘Game of Thrones’: Sex, Starks, and Nudity by the Numbers|Anna Klassen|June 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Their extreme objectification is never hidden, and they often seduce and distract the suave spy.From Honey Ryder to Pussy Galore, the Evolution of the James Bond Girl|Anna Klassen|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The mysteries raised in this reflection lack the sexiness to seduce news anchors or political campaigners.Leslie H. Gelb on the Mysteries of the Middle East Riots|Leslie H. Gelb|September 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
No bribe could seduce—no threat divert Mr. Adams from the path of duty.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
By their feline and gentle manners they can seduce and charm persons they have an interest in cheating, whenever they please.The Gold-Seekers|Gustave Aimard
Puritanism kept up its Don Quixote battle against May-poles until there was hardly one standing to seduce the people to idolatry.The Beginners of a Nation|Edward Eggleston.
Are you not afraid that the others will hear of him, and seduce him by some tempting offer?One Of Them|Charles James Lever
She did not hesitate even to tell him of her success in an attempt to befool and seduce Eutyches the denunciator.Herodias|Gustave Flaubert