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- (UK, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /sɪˈdjuːs/
- (US, General American) IPA(key): /sɪˈd(j)uːs/
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- Rhymes: -uːs
- (transitive) To beguile or lure (someone) away from duty, accepted principles, or proper conduct; to lead astray. [1520s]
- 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], “The Author’s Oeconomy and Happy Life among the Houyhnhnms. […]”, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. […], volume II, London: […] Benj[amin] Motte, […], →OCLC, part IV (A Voyage to the Houyhnhnms), page 308:
- […] they alledged, That becauſe I had ſome Rudiments of Reaſon, added to the natural pravity of thoſe Animals, it was to be feared, I might be able to ſeduce them into the woody and mountainous parts of the Country, and bring them in Troops by night to deſtroy the Houyhnhnms Cattle, as being naturally of the ravenous kind, and averſe from Labour.
- (transitive) To entice or induce (someone) to engage in a sexual relationship. [1550s]
- (by extension, transitive, euphemistic) To have sexual intercourse with.
- He had repeatedly seduced the girl in his car, hotels and his home.
- (transitive) To win over or attract.
- He was seduced by the bright lights and glamour of the city.
- (to lure away from duty): corrupt, lead astray, misguide, bribe
- (to induce a sexual relationship): debauch, forlead, pick up, vamp
- (to have sexual intercourse with): coitize, go to bed with, sleep with; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
- (to win over or attract): beguile, entrance, pull in; see also Thesaurus:allure
to beguile or lure someone away from duty, accepted principles, or proper conduct; to lead astray
to entice or induce someone to engage in a sexual relationship
to win over or attract someone
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- “seduce”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “seduce”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
conjugation of seduce (third conjugation, past participle in -s)
|person||1st person||2nd person||3rd person||1st person||2nd person||3rd person|
|present||să seduc||să seduci||să seducă||să seducem||să seduceți||să seducă|
|negative||nu seduce||nu seduceți|