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[si-doos, -dyoos] /sɪˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), seduced, seducing.
to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; corrupt.
to persuade or induce to have sexual intercourse.
to lead or draw away, as from principles, faith, or allegiance:
He was seduced by the prospect of gain.
to win over; attract; entice:
a supermarket seducing customers with special sales.
Origin of seduce
1470-80; < Latin sēdūcere to lead aside, equivalent to sē- se- + dūcere to lead; replacing earlier seduise < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related forms
seducer, noun
seducible, seduceable, adjective
seducingly, adverb
unseducible, adjective
unseducibleness, noun
unseducibly, adverb
1. beguile, inveigle, decoy, allure, lure, deceive. See tempt.
1. repel. Unabridged
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  • And yet all that Seneca's daring could venture was to seduce the baby-tyrant into the least injurious of tyrannies.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
  • When a woman invert wishes to seduce a normal girl, it is easy for her to do so.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Lastly, Jannes might come from a Hebrew root which means to seduce, and Jambres from one which means to rebel.

  • The king himself now asserts it was because he had tried to seduce his paramour.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • While young, they seduce the wives of others, and when they are old, they cannot secure the affections of their own.

    Paul and Virginia Bernardin de Saint Pierre
British Dictionary definitions for seduce


verb (transitive)
to persuade to engage in sexual intercourse
to lead astray, as from the right action
to win over, attract, or lure
Derived Forms
seducible, seduceable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin sēdūcere to lead apart, from sē- apart + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for seduce

1520s, "to persuade a vassal, etc., to desert his allegiance or service," from Latin seducere "lead away, lead astray," from se- "aside, away" (see secret (n.)) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Sexual sense, now the prevailing one, is attested from 1550s and apparently was not in Latin. Originally "entice (a woman) to a surrender of chastity." Related: Seduced; seducing.

Replaced Middle English seduisen (late 15c.), from Middle French séduire "seduce," from Old French suduire "to corrupt, seduce," from Latin subducere "draw away, withdraw, remove," from sub- "from under, further" (see sub-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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