Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of seducing.
  • n. The condition of being seduced.
  • n. Something that seduces or has the qualities to seduce; an enticement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of seducing.
  • n. , (law) In English common law, a felonious crime committed when a male induced an unmarried female of previously chaste character to engage in an act of sexual intercourse on a promise of marriage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seducing; enticement to wrong doing; enticement to fail in some duty.
  • n.
  • n. The offense of inducing a woman to consent to unlawful sexual intercourse, by enticements which overcome her scruples; the wrong or crime of persuading a woman to surrender her chastity.
  • n. Any successful enticement to engage in some sexual activity, especially intercourse.
  • n. That which seduces, or is adapted to seduce; means of leading astray.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of seducing; enticement, especially to evil; seductive influences: as, the seductions of wealth.
  • n. The act of persuading a woman to surrender her chastity.
  • n. Specifically, in law: The tort committed against a woman, or against her parent or master, by enticing her to surrender her chastity, In some jurisdictions (by statute), the criminal offense of so doing, especially under promise of marriage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. enticing someone astray from right behavior
  • n. an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone

Etymologies

Latin sēductiō, sēductiōn-, from sēductus, past participle of sēdūcere, to lead astray : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin se- + ducere (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Education curator Peggy Burchenal questions Tostmann's decision to put the word seduction'' in the working title.

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  • In an attempt to discover the truth about each other, both Riane and Nick decide seduction is the best tactic.

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  • She doesn't try to suspend our disbelief; seduction is best done with a wink, not a lie, and Anderson deliberately scales her projections and even her vocal distortions absurdly, dwarfing herself with the very amplification of her sounds and her vision.

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  • She is hardly knows what to say when she arrives at the home of singer Delysia LaFosse and finds her wearing “the kind of foamy robe, no mere dressing gown, worn by the most famous of stars in seduction scenes in the films.”

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  • A two-year study into the role of humour in seduction has found that the most effective way for a man to get a woman interested in him is through self-deprecating jokes: 'Many studies show that a sense of humour is sexually attractive, especially to women,' he said.

    Self-Deprecation Works

  • Though the novel's frank depiction of homosexual pickup and seduction is excised from the screenplay, there is still an insinuation of homosexuality in Monty's line, Well, I just mean that Mitchell's not the kind of guy who knows the scoop on things like this.

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  • The third and most important element of seduction is giving your characters a goal.

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  • Because I hate it when somebody calls a seduction as if they were Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield bleachers before they even step to the plate.

    Straight Up Seduction: Amouage Epic Woman

  • And this law should remain in force as long as the weakness of women caused the word seduction to be used as an excuse for their frailty and want of principle; nay, while they depend on man for a subsistence, instead of earning it by the exertion of their own hands or heads.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • That is, Moore's metaphors and images attempt a certain seduction of the readerthey claim to invite the reader to lift the veil covering the stereotyped mysterious East, and simultaneously use the veil to cover Moore's "homefelt" inspiration in writing the tales, his desire for Catholic emancipation.

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