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seduction

[si-duhk-shuh n] /sɪˈdʌk ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of seducing, especially sexually.
2.
the condition of being seduced.
3.
a means of seducing; enticement; temptation.
Also, seducement
[si-doos-muh nt, -dyoos-] /sɪˈdus mənt, -ˈdyus-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin sēductiōn- (stem of sēductiō) a leading aside, equivalent to sēduct(us) (past participle of sēdūcere to seduce) + -iōn- -ion
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  • There is no shortage of seduction scenes in feature films-especially during casting.
  • When night falls, bolas spiders prepare for a deadly seduction.
  • The seduction is too big for them to see how this search for power blinds them.
  • The humor keeps the game lively for a few rounds of seduction.
  • Nor did they seem to be blessed with qualities of seduction.
  • Despite her reputed powers of seduction, there is no reliable depiction of her face.
  • Are they meant for seduction or for a business traveler to work at a bench.
  • It would be wrong to describe what ensued as a seduction.
British Dictionary definitions for seduction

seduction

/sɪˈdʌkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of seducing or the state of being seduced
2.
a means of seduction
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Word Origin and History for seduction
n.

1520s, from Middle French séduction, from Latin seductionem (nominative seductio), noun of action from past participle stem of seducere (see seduce). Originally with reference to actions or beliefs; sexual sense is from 1769, originally always with women as the objects. Earlier appearance of the word in Middle English with a sense "treason, treachery" probably is a confusion with sedition, which confusion also is found in Old French seducion "treason, betrayal."

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Encyclopedia Article for seduction

in law, the act of a man enticing (without the use of physical force) a previously chaste woman to consent to sexual intercourse. In broader usage, the term refers to any act of persuasion, between heterosexual or homosexual individuals, and excluding the issue of chastity, that leads to sexual intercourse.

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