[si-doos, -dyoos]

verb (used with object), se·duced, se·duc·ing.

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

1470–80; < Latin sēdūcere to lead aside, equivalent to sē- se- + dūcere to lead; replacing earlier seduise < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related formsse·duc·er, nounse·duc·i·ble, se·duce·a·ble, adjectivese·duc·ing·ly, adverbun·se·duc·i·ble, adjectiveun·se·duc·i·ble·ness, nounun·se·duc·i·bly, adverb

Synonyms for seduce

Antonyms for seduce

1. repel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seduce

Contemporary Examples of seduce

Historical Examples of seduce

  • When a woman invert wishes to seduce a normal girl, it is easy for her to do so.

  • For the same reason an invert is not virtuous because he does not seduce girls.

  • The king himself now asserts it was because he had tried to seduce his paramour.



  • When Evil cannot seduce—that is to say, make us consent to it,—then for us it is conquered.

  • Are you not afraid that the others will hear of him, and seduce him by some tempting offer?

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for seduce


verb (tr)

to persuade to engage in sexual intercourse
to lead astray, as from the right action
to win over, attract, or lure
Derived Formsseducible or seduceable, adjective

Word Origin for seduce

C15: from Latin sēdūcere to lead apart, from sē- apart + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for seduce

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).

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