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Wheedling Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    wheedling n : the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery [syn: blandishment]
Wheedling Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Wheedle \Whee"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wheedled; p. pr. & vb. n. Wheedling.] [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen to blow, and E. wind, n.]
  1. To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax. The unlucky art of wheedling fools. --Dryden. And wheedle a world that loves him not. --Tennyson.
  2. To grain, or get away, by flattery. A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate, which I wheedled out of her. --Congreve.
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In social science, seduction is the process of deliberately enticing a person to engage. The word seduction stems from Latin and means literally "to lead astray". As a result, the term may have a positive or negative connotation. Famous seducers from history or legend include Lilith, Giacomo Casanova and the character Don Juan.

Seduction, seen negatively, involves temptation and enticement, often sexual in nature, to lead someone astray into a behavioral choice they would not have made if they were not in a state of sexual arousal. Seen positively, seduction is a synonym for the act of charming someone — male or female — by an appeal to the senses, often with the goal of reducing unfounded fears and leading to their "sexual emancipation".

Seduction is a popular motif in history and fiction, both as a warning of the social consequences of engaging in the behaviour or becoming its victim, and as a salute to a powerful skill. In the Bible, Eve offers the forbidden fruit to Adam. Eve is not explicitly depicted as a seductress promote this viewpoint. Eve herself was verbally seduced by the serpent, understood in Christianity to be Satan; the Sirens of Greek myth lured sailors to their death by singing them to shipwreck; Cleopatra beguiled both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, Dionysus was the Greek God of Seduction and wine, and Persian queen Scheherazade saved herself from execution by story-telling. Famous male seducers, their names synonymous with sexual allure, range from Genji to James Bond.

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