Definition of seduce in English:

seduce

Line breaks: se¦duce
Pronunciation: /sɪˈdjuːs
 
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verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
attract, allure, lure, tempt, entice, beguile, cajole, wheedle, ensnare, charm, captivate, enchant, hypnotize, mesmerize, tantalize, titillate, bewitch, ravish, inveigle, lead astray, trap; 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

seducer

noun
More 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.

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