- To seduce is to persuade someone to do something that is not considered proper conduct.
- When you entice someone to go out on a date with you and to have intercourse with you, this is an example of seduce.
- When easy money tempts you to do something wrong, this is an example of a situation where the promise of easy money seduced you.
transitive verbseduced, seducing
- to persuade to do something disloyal, disobedient, etc.
- to persuade or tempt to evil or wrongdoing; lead astray
- to persuade (someone) to engage, esp. for the first time, in illicit or unsanctioned sexual intercourse
- to entice
Origin of seduceMiddle English seduisen ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin seducere, to mislead, seduce ; from Classical Latin to lead aside ; from se-, apart (see secede) + ducere, to lead: see duct
transitive verbse·duced, se·duc·ing, se·duc·es
- To attract or lead (someone) away from proper behavior or thinking: “He had been in this way seduced from the wisdom of his cooler judgment” (Anthony Trollope). See Synonyms at lure.
- To induce (someone) to engage in sexual activity, as by flirting or persuasion.
- To entice into a different state or position: “Journalism may seduce [a writer-professor] from the campus” (Irwin Erdman).
Origin of seduceMiddle English seduisen, from Old French seduire, seduis-, alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin sēdūcere, to lead astray) of suduire, to seduce, from Latin subdūcere, to withdraw : sub-, sub- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- se·duce′a·ble, se·duc′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present seduces, present participle seducing, simple past and past participle seduced)
- To beguile or lure someone away from duty, accepted principles, or proper conduct; to lead astray.
- He was seduced by the dark side of The Force. - Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars
- To entice or induce someone to engage in a sexual relationship.
- Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me? - Benjamin Braddock, The Graduate
- (by extension, euphemistic) To have sexual intercourse with.
- He had repeatedly seduced the girl in his car, hotels and his home.
- To win over or attract someone.