[ si-doos, -dyoos ]
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verb (used with object),se·duced, se·duc·ing.
  1. to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; corrupt.

  2. to persuade or induce to have sexual intercourse.

  1. to lead or draw away, as from principles, faith, or allegiance: He was seduced by the prospect of gain.

  2. to win over; attract; entice: a supermarket seducing customers with special sales.

Origin of seduce

First recorded in 1470–80; from Latin sēdūcere “to lead aside,” equivalent to sē-se- + dūcere “to lead”; replacing earlier seduise, from Middle French, from Latin, as above

synonym study For seduce

1. See tempt.

Other words for seduce

Opposites for seduce

Other words from seduce

  • se·duc·er, noun
  • se·duc·i·ble, se·duce·a·ble, adjective
  • se·duc·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·se·duc·i·ble, adjective
  • un·se·duc·i·ble·ness, noun
  • un·se·duc·i·bly, adverb

Words Nearby seduce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seduce in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for seduce


/ (sɪˈdjuːs) /

  1. to persuade to engage in sexual intercourse

  2. to lead astray, as from the right action

  1. to win over, attract, or lure

Origin of seduce

C15: from Latin sēdūcere to lead apart, from sē- apart + dūcere to lead

Derived forms of seduce

  • seducible or seduceable, adjective

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