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1 Entice (someone) into sexual activity:‘a lawyer had seduced a female client’
persuade someone to have sexual intercourse, take away someone's innocenceView synonyms
- ‘The girl had never so easily seduced a man.’
- ‘The samurai wants to seduce the cute girl but she rejects his advances.’
- ‘He sets out to seduce Judy, the most attractive young woman in sight.’
- ‘I heard a rumor, freshman year, that he once tried to seduce every single female teacher in the school.’
- ‘In every romance, every relationship, one is seduced.’
- ‘I made most of the phone calls to get people into the movie and didn't try to seduce anyone.’
- ‘Perhaps she would completely seduce him in the next week.’
2Entice (someone) to do or believe something inadvisable or foolhardy:‘they should not be seduced into thinking that their success ruled out the possibility of a relapse’
attract, allure, lure, tempt, entice, beguile, cajole, wheedle, ensnare, charm, captivate, enchant, hypnotize, mesmerize, tantalize, titillate, bewitch, ravish, inveigle, lead astray, trapView synonyms
- ‘When life is so short, why is it that some of us are seduced into working with difficult, unreasonable, and obnoxious people?’
- ‘The master storyteller has been seduced by the lure of technology.’
- ‘Particularly notable, Zimbardo said, is that people are seduced into evil by dehumanizing and labeling others.’
- ‘He was seduced into the unionist country house set very early on.’
- ‘Consumers were easily seduced into buying more for less.’
- ‘Even pet lovers may be seduced by the possibilities of cloning.’
- ‘Nonetheless, we are easily seduced into thinking popularisation of such a subject is, by definition, a bad thing.’
- ‘It amazes him how people get seduced by the bogus trappings of fame.’
- ‘The opponent is easily seduced into long, lob style passes and dribbling into trouble.’
- ‘Because of feminism's many successes, women have been seduced into submission once again.’
- ‘She appreciates its particular qualities without allowing herself to be seduced by its insidious charms.’
- ‘Thus, those having any sense of the wrongness of the activity must be seduced.’
- ‘He was seduced into politics and fell victim to the hubristic notion that he, and he alone, could once again be France's saviour.’
- 2.1 Attract powerfully:‘the melody seduces the ear with warm string tones’
- ‘By the end of my first day there, Lisbon had completely seduced me.’
- ‘The delicate layers of percussion, viola, double bass, trumpet and flugelhorn soothe and seduce the ears, but it's Williams' tender vocals that lull the listener into submission.’
- ‘To begin with, he relies on the sound of language to seduce the reader.’
- ‘With its opening driving bass rhythms and subdued organ entrance you are immediately seduced by its hypnotic beat.’
- ‘He has seduced audiences with his charismatic portrayals of characters for 57 years.’
- ‘What he doesn't do is seduce the audience with his nihilistic charm.’
- ‘Olson is an electrifying performer, who seduces her audiences with wit and energy.’
Late 15th century (originally in the sense ‘persuade (someone) to abandon their duty’): from Latin seducere, from se- away, apart + ducere to lead.
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