Definition of seduction in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of seducing someone.

    ‘if seduction doesn't work, she can play on his sympathy’
    count noun ‘she was planning a seduction’
    • ‘There is a difference between lechery and seduction.’
    • ‘It gives you a simple style with a touch of feminine seduction.’
    • ‘A magazine editor who has lived in Hollywood for many years, he has witnessed first-hand how corrupting seduction can be.’
    • ‘Wine has also had a long association with the art of seduction.’
    • ‘The only time seduction doesn't involve warmth and feeling, says Greene, is when it is performed by a coquette.’
    • ‘A valuable weapon in the armoury of seduction, it covers a multitude of sins, including wrinkles and blemishes.’
    • ‘Elsewhere on the video, she silently mimes emotional states that range from fear and sadness to seduction.’
    • ‘How does one contain power that flows not from coercion but seduction?’
    • ‘Here, she turns her microscope on a male lover hopelessly addicted to serial seduction and romantic self-absorption.’
    • ‘The latter used to be called seduction - but seduction is now seen as a crime that we had simply failed to recognise.’
    • ‘It was the curtain and her husband's fears and warnings which alerted her to the presence of a possible source of seduction.’
    • ‘The four players skilfully acted out very different scenes, playing with universal images of rejection, seduction and romance.’
    • ‘Control over others, through processes of possession, domination, and seduction, are the main mechanisms at work here.’
    • ‘Whether it was Halloween or Christmas, she always had a bright, toothy smile on her face and the look of sheer seduction in her eyes.’
    • ‘It's a mission which looks dangerously like seduction as she hangs around gazing calf-like at the older man, who reacts with a panicky cold sweat.’
    • ‘This is no lesson in morality, but an invitation to seduction.’
    • ‘Snakes are an important symbol of power and seduction.’
    persuading someone to have sexual intercourse, taking away someone's innocence
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    1. 1.1often seductionscount noun A tempting or attractive thing.
      ‘the seductions of the mainland’
      • ‘Understandably, we attempt to teach our children to value history over the easy seductions of space.’
      • ‘He is an honest man despite the considerable seductions of his vocation.’
      • ‘I too, much to my chagrin, fell prey to the seductions of the city.’
      • ‘I think it will be hard for the newcomer to avoid the seductions of the center.’
      • ‘Nearly everywhere he looks, it seems, a Republican governor or legislature is finding the seductions of tax hikes too powerful to resist in the face of reduced federal support and soaring education and health-care costs.’
      • ‘What goes beyond the cataloguing of the hidden structures, the invisible powers, seductions, and numerous offenses we have been preoccupied with for so long?’
      • ‘From my earliest youth, I resisted the helpful attempts of family and friends to introduce me to the seductions of opera.’
      • ‘Thomas Jefferson is a particularly interesting example of someone who partially resisted its seductions.’
      • ‘The book is about power and its seductions and terrors.’
      • ‘That iconoclastic culture rejects the seductions of the representational.’
      • ‘Pizzetti is the artist who has rejected the volatile and ephemeral seductions of fashion and the servitude to others by preferring loyalty to himself.’
      • ‘On that sun-drenched summer day, every bend commanded out-of-the-world views and we surrendered to the seductions of the idyllic setting, knowing that life couldn't get better than this!’
      • ‘French humanists eloquently cautioned us about the seductions of technologism.’
      • ‘Immune to the seductions of fashion, Brookner's preoccupations have nonetheless begun to parallel contemporary anxieties.’
      temptation, attraction, lure, allure, call, pull, draw, charm, bait, decoy, magnet
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Early 16th century: from French séduction or Latin seductio(n-), from seducere ‘draw aside’ (see seduce).