One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman who seduces someone, especially one who entices a man into sexual activity.
temptress, siren, femme fatale, enchantress, sorceress, delilah, circe, lorelei, mata hariView synonyms
- ‘Even with all her superstar diva qualities, she's too lightweight, too soft to portray a scheming seductress.’
- ‘They invite the gravel-voiced stranger to rendezvous with the imaginary seductress in the hotel room beside them, which happens to be occupied by an abrasive businessman.’
- ‘Opponents relentlessly portrayed the quiet, devout Rachel as an adulteress at best, more often as a seductress and loose woman.’
- ‘Then she's branded a liar and a seductress at their trial.’
- ‘The authors of the 1834 report depicted unmarried mothers as scheming seductresses who entrapped young men into paying for their children.’
- ‘He'd heard too many stories of operators being killed in their sleep by seductresses.’
- ‘He paints a woman as the seductress and temptress.’
- ‘Such mothers were simultaneously seductresses and parasites.’
- ‘His female seductress represents femininity as a threat to the coherence of the all-male society of military officers.’
- ‘On the one hand she is admired for her courage, political intelligence, and stoicism; on the other hand she is seen as a femme fatale, a seductress, and a symbol of death.’
- ‘Still other imagery features assertive women who are seductresses and murderers.’
- ‘When the lads heard the truth about their beautiful seductress, lawsuits followed and the show couldn't be aired until huge out-of-court settlements were paid.’
- ‘She is innocent in some ways, but also a seductress who recognizes the power of her sexuality.’
Early 19th century: from obsolete seductor ‘male seducer’, from seducere (see seduce).
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