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seduce Line breaks: se¦duce
Pronunciation: /sɪˈdjuːs/

Definition of seduce in English:


[with object]
1Attract (someone) to a belief or into a course of action that is inadvisable or foolhardy: they should not be seduced into thinking that their success ruled out the possibility of a relapse
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  • He was seduced into politics and fell victim to the hubristic notion that he, and he alone, could once again be France's saviour.
  • Nonetheless, we are easily seduced into thinking popularisation of such a subject is, by definition, a bad thing.
  • Particularly notable, Zimbardo said, is that people are seduced into evil by dehumanizing and labeling others.
manoeuvre, deceive, dupe
1.1Entice into sexual activity: a lawyer had seduced a female client
More example sentences
  • In every romance, every relationship, one is seduced.
  • I heard a rumor, freshman year, that he once tried to seduce every single female teacher in the school.
  • The girl had never so easily seduced a man.
persuade someone to have sexual intercourse, take away someone's innocence;
rape, violate, debauch;
lead astray, corrupt, deprave
informal bed, pop someone's cherry, tumble
euphemistic have one's (wicked) way with, take advantage of
literary ravish, deflower
archaic dishonour, ruin
1.2Attract powerfully: the melody seduces the ear with warm string tones
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  • The delicate layers of percussion, viola, double bass, trumpet and flugelhorn soothe and seduce the ears, but it's Williams' tender vocals that lull the listener into submission.
  • Olson is an electrifying performer, who seduces her audiences with wit and energy.
  • What he doesn't do is seduce the audience with his nihilistic charm.


Late 15th century (originally in the sense 'persuade (someone) to abandon their duty'): from Latin seducere, from se- 'away, apart' + ducere 'to lead'.

  • duct from mid 17th century:

    Duct comes from Latin ductus meaning both ‘leading’ and ‘aqueduct’ formed from ducere ‘to lead’. The verb has produced numerous words in English including abduct (early 17th century) to lead away; conduct (Middle English) lead with; conduit (Middle English); deduce (Late Middle English) draw a conclusion from something; duke; educate (Late Middle English) ‘lead out’; induce (Late Middle English) lead in; introduce (Late Middle English) bring into (a group etc); produce (Late Middle English) ‘lead forward’; reduce (Late Middle English) bring back; seduce (Late Middle English) lead away (originally from duty, with the sexual sense developing in the M16th); subdue (Late Middle English) ‘draw from below’.



Pronunciation: /sɪˈdjuːsə/
Example sentences
  • Dr Wright is currently working on an interdisciplinary approach to the legendary Spanish seducer, Don Juan.
  • The supreme court affirmed the lower court's judgment against the seducer.
  • According to American author Robert Greene, there are 10 different types of seducer.

Words that rhyme with seduce

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