Seduce Se*duce", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seduced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seducing}.] [L. seducere, seductum; pref. se- aside + ducere to lead. See {Duke}.] 1. To draw aside from the path of rectitude and duty in any manner; to entice to evil; to lead astray; to tempt and lead to iniquity; to corrupt. [1913 Webster]

For me, the gold of France did not seduce. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, to induce to engage in sexual intercourse. [PJC]

Syn: To allure; entice; tempt; attract; mislead; decoy; inveigle. See {Allure}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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