- 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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Related Wordsentice, beguile, persuade, betray, deceive, delude, attract, captivate, charm, tempt, pull, lure, wheedle, bait, coax, decoy, draw, induce, inveigle, mislead
Examples from the Web for seduce
“Precisely to seduce you…so you are kind to me,” says Castro.Don’t Remember Barbara Walters for ‘The View’
April 8, 2014
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
March 26, 2014
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
June 10, 2013
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
October 3, 2012
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
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.Cyropaedia
When Evil cannot seduce—that is to say, make us consent to it,—then for us it is conquered.The Romance of the Soul
Are you not afraid that the others will hear of him, and seduce him by some tempting offer?One Of Them
Charles James Lever
- 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 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).