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Seduction is the act of deceitfully luring someone into a romantic or erotic encounter for reasons other than genuine love. Common motives for seduction include lust, money (so-called 'gold diggers'), or trapping politicians or other authority figures into infidelity in order to blackmail them or damage their careers.

Famous seducers include Delilah, who used her feminine wiles to cause Samson's downfall in the book of Judges; and Potiphar's wife, whose attempted seduction of Joseph led to his imprisonment. In the New Testament, Salome, the daughter of Herodias, used the Dance of the Seven Veils to seduce her own stepfather into agreeing to execute John the Baptist.[1]

In Dante's Inferno, seduction is categorised as a form of fraud.


  1. Bible Encyclopedia