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seductive

[si-duhk-tiv]
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adjective
  1. tending to seduce; enticing; beguiling; captivating: a seductive smile.
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Origin of seductive

First recorded in 1755–65; seduct(ion) + -ive
Related formsse·duc·tive·ly, adverbse·duc·tive·ness, nounun·se·duc·tive, adjectiveun·se·duc·tive·ly, adverbun·se·duc·tive·ness, noun

Synonyms

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tempting, alluring.

Antonyms

repellent.
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Examples from the Web for seductiveness

Historical Examples

  • At the present moment he was fairly dazzled with her beauty, spirit, and seductiveness.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Then her manner softened into a seductiveness of forgiveness once again.

  • The "Saracen's Head" is all suavity and seductiveness compared to mine.

  • There was seductiveness for Elisaveta in the nakedness of these impetuous bodies.

    The Created Legend

    Feodor Sologub

  • Even on Dearborn Street the seductiveness of spring was in the air.

    Lifted Masks

    Susan Glaspell


British Dictionary definitions for seductiveness

seductive

adjective
  1. tending to seduce or capable of seducing; enticing; alluring
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Derived Formsseductively, adverbseductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seductiveness

seductive

adj.

1740, from Latin seduct-, past participle stem of seducere (see seduce) + -ive. Related: Seductively; seductiveness. Middle English had seducious "deceitful, devious" (mid-15c.).

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