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seduce

[si-doos, -dyoos] /sɪˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), seduced, seducing.
1.
to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; corrupt.
2.
to persuade or induce to have sexual intercourse.
3.
to lead or draw away, as from principles, faith, or allegiance:
He was seduced by the prospect of gain.
4.
to win over; attract; entice:
a supermarket seducing customers with special sales.
Origin
1470-1480
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
Synonyms
1. beguile, inveigle, decoy, allure, lure, deceive. See tempt.
Antonyms
1. repel.
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  • The industry has seduced investors with the promise of outstanding returns.
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  • Legislators are easily seduced by booms and lobbies.
  • Economists can become seduced by their models, fooling themselves that what the model leaves out does not matter.
  • Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage.
British Dictionary definitions for seduced

seduce

/sɪˈdjuːs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to persuade to engage in sexual intercourse
2.
to lead astray, as from the right action
3.
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 seduced

seduce

v.

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).

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