a woman who seduces.

Origin of seductress

1795–1805; obsolete sedut(o)r (< Late Latin sēductor; see seduce, -tor) + -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seductress

Contemporary Examples of seductress

Historical Examples of seductress

  • And yet why did this face, which had in it none of the charms of the seductress, disturb her so profoundly?


    Ellen Glasgow

  • Make peace with the seductress, who leads the prince from the path of virtue!

  • You're a seductress and a witch and a sorcerer and an enchantress.

    Simon the Jester

    William J. Locke

  • Paphnutius for instance, who was visited by such a seductress.

  • She was an adventuress, a Cyprian, a seductress attempting to snare Peter in the brazen web of her comeliness.


    T.S. Stribling

Word Origin and History for seductress

1803, "female seducer," with -ess + obsolete seductor (late 15c., displaced by seducer), from a direct borrowing of the Latin agent noun of seducere (see seduce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper