seduce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seduce lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct "She was seduced by the temptation of easy money and started to work in a massage parlor"
    • v seduce induce to have sex "Harry finally seduced Sally","Did you score last night?","Harry made Sally"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Seduce Specifically, to induce to engage in sexual intercourse.
    • Seduce 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. "For me, the gold of France did not seduce ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • seduce To lead aside or astray; entice away from duty, legal obligation, or rectitude, as by promises, bribes, etc.; corrupt; specifically, to entice (a woman) to a surrender of chastity. See seduction, 2.
    • seduce Synonyms Lure, Decoy, etc. See allure, and list under entice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Seduce sē-dūs′ to draw aside from rectitude: to entice: to corrupt: to cause a woman to surrender her chastity through persuasion, entreaty, under promise of marriage, &c
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Quotations

  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.”
  • John Dryden
    John%20Dryden
    “Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Who is so firm that can't be seduced?”
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. seducere, seductum,; pref. se-, aside + ducere, to lead. See Duke
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. seducĕrese-, aside, ducĕre, ductum, to lead.

Usage

In literature:

The Christians, under the domination of the Mussulmans, allowed themselves to be seduced by the Arabian literature.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
Neither of them was stained by vulgar vices, nor seduced from his course by love of ease or pleasure.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
In an evil hour he listened to the voice of the seducer.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
No great leaders remained, since they had been seduced by fashion.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
It was not difficult to seduce a reckless man who wanted money and preferment.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume X" by John Lord
He could neither be bought nor seduced from his course.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII" by John Lord
He listened to the song of the Sirens; yet he glided by without being seduced to their fatal shore.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
A Servant being Seduced from the Employment of a master, the latter has a right of action against the seducer for losses sustained.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
The seducer took her from her home, kept her quiet for a time, and when the novelty was gone, abandoned her.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace & Philip Wharton
When I was a girl, seduced by love, I was guilty of a weakness of which you are the offspring.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernadin de Saint-Pierre
A young lady is seduced, he says, and, for the sake of her child, implores her betrayer to keep his promise of marriage.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
THE LUST OF SEDUCING INNOCENCIES.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
I never thought of him as a possible seducer.
"The Lake" by George Moore
I was desirous of avenging your wrongs, and have done so by killing your seducer.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10, Issue 282, November 10, 1827" by Various
Indeed, Madam, said the vile seducer, my dearest love must not be moved in this point against her will.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
ARMI'DA, a sorceress, who seduces Rinaldo and other crusaders from the siege of Jerusalem.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Forbidden fruit had a relish for him, and his pages seduce.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
I think that you have betrayed and seduced my sister.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
The guilty seducer, however, was not doomed to escape the penalty of his crime.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Don Giovanni gives a ball in honour of Zerlina's marriage, and in the course of the festivities seizes an opportunity of trying to seduce her.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
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In poetry:

But thou! Temptation hence away,
With all thy fatal train,
Nor once seduce my soul away,
By thine enchanting strain.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
"Thou art going to Barcelona!--
To make Naxera thy bride!
Seduce the Lady Yöna!--
And thy lips have lied! have lied!
"The Alcalde’s Daughter" by Madison Julius Cawein
Lock'd in his arms, she scarcely strove,
Seduc'd by young desire,
The glowing twin brother of Love,
Possess'd with wilder fire.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
The thoughtless youth set out indeed,
But soon he slacken'd in his speed;
For every trifle by the way
Seduced his idle heart astray.
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
These scenes untried Seduced my pride,
To Fortune's arrows bared my breast,
Till Wisdom came, A hoary dame!
And told me Pleasure was in rest.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
For, though seduced and led astray,
Thou'st travell'd far and wander'd long;
Thy God hath seen thee all the way,
And all the turns that led thee wrong.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe

In news:

Yes, she's trying to seduce you.
Simple Elegance to Seduce at Showtime.
'Temptations' fails to seduce .
Baritone Paterson Opts for Serial Seducer Over Kind Giant.
On 'The Seducer 's Diary' from the May 29, 1997 issue.
The love goddess who keeps right on seducing .
Whether his son seduced him or he seduced his son, Martin wasn't sure.
Triple-cream cheeses seduce us with their richness and silkiness, even if they rarely have much more to offer.
Robinson, you're trying to seduce us.
A hybrid of opera, music theater and performance piece, the surreal storyline follows Maria from birth to her arrival in Buenos Aires, where tango seduces her and leads to a life of prostitution.
Not "had" as in tricked — as in seduced.
Leonard (Johnny Galecki, right) seduces Penny (Kaley Cuoco, left) with science, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Oct 25 (8:00 ÃÉ¢ÃÇÂÄÃÇÂì 8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Leonard seduces Penny with science in new 'Big Bang Theory'.
Taunton hockey, Middleboro baseball coach charged with trying to seduce boys.
Trey Songz, from Petersburg, sings to seduce.
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In science:

At first sight, one might be seduced into thinking that this would be a consequence of the connection between Ising and randomcluster models, and the stochastic monotonicity of random-cluster measures as p varies; see (31).
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
The hypothesis that we emit is seducing because of the perceptual impact it induces.
Streaming an image through the eye: The retina seen as a dithered scalable image coder
Starting point for PlDoc was minimal distraction from the programming task and maximal immediate reward, attempting to seduce the programmer to use the system.
PIDoc: Wiki style Literate Programming for Prolog
In our view we must seduce the programmer to produce API documentation and internal documentation by creating a rewarding environment.
PIDoc: Wiki style Literate Programming for Prolog
Several of these finite sets form seducingly beautiful con fig urations.
Gleason, Kochen-Specker, and a competition that never was
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