Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of seducing; enticement, especially to evil; seductive influences: as, the seductions of wealth.
  • noun The act of persuading a woman to surrender her chastity.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of seducing; enticement to wrong doing; enticement to fail in some duty.
  • noun Archaic 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.
  • noun Any successful enticement to engage in some sexual activity, especially intercourse.
  • noun That which seduces, or is adapted to seduce; means of leading astray.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of seducing.
  • noun dated , (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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin se- + ducere

Examples

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

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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.

    Peter Frank: Blague d'Art: American Masters, American Dreams

  • 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.

    Peter Frank: Blague d'Art: American Masters, American Dreams

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

    Angels' Blood Countdown: Angela Knight - Guardian ARC

  • 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.

    Peter Frank: Blague d'Art: American Masters, American Dreams

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

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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

  • 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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  • 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.

    Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood

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

    Reaching the Climax

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  • The ancient arts of Courtesans and Seduction were once treated as high philosophy, with divine and academic associations. These related words, definitions, quotes and ... everything are dark-ages material: betrayal, blackmail, coercion, debauchery, deception, dissimulation, incest, intimidation, manipulation, persuasion, rape

    Rape? Seriously? Didn't the Hebrew god(s) say something like 'be fruitful and multiply'? It is hardly surprising, looking at this page that violence, murder, hatred and terrorism runs amoke in this world when seduction is viewed as a crime against the state.

    February 5, 2017