seduction


seduction

noun

  1. an act or instance of seducing, especially sexually.
  2. the condition of being seduced.
  3. a means of seducing; enticement; temptation.

noun

  1. the act of seducing or the state of being seduced
  2. a means of seduction

n.1520s, from Middle French séduction, from Latin seductionem (nominative seductio), noun of action from past participle stem of seducere (see seduce). Originally with reference to actions or beliefs; sexual sense is from 1769, originally always with women as the objects. Earlier appearance of the word in Middle English with a sense “treason, treachery” probably is a confusion with sedition, which confusion also is found in Old French seducion “treason, betrayal.”

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