To seduce is to persuade someone to do something that is not considered proper conduct.verb
- 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.
- 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: ME seduisen < LL(Ec) seducere, to mislead, seduce < L, to lead aside < se-, apart (see secede) + ducere, to lead: see duct
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transitive verb se·duced, se·duc·ing, se·duc·es
- To lead away from duty, accepted principles, or proper conduct. See Synonyms at lure.
- To induce to engage in sex.
- a. To entice or beguile into a desired state or position.b. To win over; attract.
Origin: Middle 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·duceˈa·ble, se·ducˈi·ble adjective
- se·ducˈer noun