Definition of seduction in English:


Line breaks: se¦duc|tion
Pronunciation: /sɪˈdʌkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1The action of seducing someone: if seduction doesn’t work, she can play on his sympathy [count noun]: she was planning a seduction
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  • A magazine editor who has lived in Hollywood for many years, he has witnessed first-hand how corrupting seduction can be.
  • The latter used to be called seduction - but seduction is now seen as a crime that we had simply failed to recognise.
  • Snakes are an important symbol of power and seduction.
persuading someone to have sexual intercourse, taking away someone's innocence;
rape, violation, debauching, corruption
informal bedding, tumbling
archaic dishonouring, ruin
1.1 [count noun] (often seductions) A tempting or attractive thing: the seductions of the mainland
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  • Immune to the seductions of fashion, Brookner's preoccupations have nonetheless begun to parallel contemporary anxieties.
  • What goes beyond the cataloguing of the hidden structures, the invisible powers, seductions, and numerous offenses we have been preoccupied with for so long?
  • Pizzetti is the artist who has rejected the volatile and ephemeral seductions of fashion and the servitude to others by preferring loyalty to himself.


early 16th century: from French séduction or Latin seductio(n-), from seducere 'draw aside' (see seduce).

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