Seduce Definition

sĭ-do͝os, -dyo͝os
seduced, seduces, seducing
seduced, seduces, seducing
To attract or lead (someone) away from proper behavior or thinking.
American Heritage
To persuade to do something disloyal, disobedient, etc.
Webster's New World
To persuade or tempt to evil or wrongdoing; lead astray.
Webster's New World
To persuade (someone) to engage, esp. for the first time, in illicit or unsanctioned sexual intercourse.
Webster's New World
To entice into a different state or position.
American Heritage

Origin of Seduce

  • 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 deuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Latin seducere (“to lead apart or astray"), from se- (“aside, away, astray") + ducere (“to lead"); see duct. Compare adduce, conduce, deduce, etc.

    From Wiktionary

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