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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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British Dictionary definitions for seducer

seducer

/sɪˈdjuːsə/
noun
1.
a person who entices, allures, or seduces, esp one who entices another to engage in sexual intercourse

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 seducer
seduce
1526, "to persuade a vassal, etc., to desert his allegiance or service," from L. seducere "lead away, lead astray," from se- "aside, away" + ducere "to lead." Replaced M.E. seduisen (1477), from M.Fr. séduire "seduce," from O.Fr. suduire "to corrupt, seduce," from L. subducere "draw away, withdraw, remove," from sub- "from under, further" + ducere "to lead" (see duke). Sexual sense, now the prevailing one, is attested from 1560. Seductive is from 1771; seductress is from 1803.
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