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Is there a single word other than manipulator for a woman who uses her sexuality to get a man to crush on her and then act as her champion for idiosyncratic reasons that have no basis in fact?

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    Not one word, but I was thinking "Lady Macbeth". Oct 12, 2018 at 2:04
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    And I was thinking of that rude, offensive word, whose first letter is B. Sorry!
    – Enguroo
    Oct 12, 2018 at 2:27
  • @Enguroo That is a good word, but not specific enough. Oct 12, 2018 at 2:31
  • to have a crush on her.
    – Lambie
    Apr 14 at 19:04

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Consider a femme fatale TFD

an alluring or seductive woman, esp one who causes men to love her to their own distress

As in:

Inspired by “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” a superb psychological-suspense tale starring an enigmatic femme fatale. Washington Post May 21, 2018

or a siren, from Greek mythology vocabulary.com

a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive

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  • Femme fatale is an apt term for some of the women that the question is about, but it is usually understood to imply that the woman manipulates the man in the ways that lead to his ruin (of the kind that can be seen in the many works of fiction that feature femme-fatale characters). It would be too strong a term for a woman who uses her sexuality to manipulate a man in the ways that do not have particularly dramatic consequences, but whose behaviour still comes within the concept that the question is about.
    – jsw29
    Apr 16 at 15:00
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The word I would use is seductress:

A woman who seduces someone, especially one who entices a man into sexual activity.
Oxford Dictionaries

Surprisingly enough, Urban Dictionary's top definition for the word doesn't involve sex, but instead defines the word in a bit more nuanced way:

Beautiful girl who has power and control over another person.

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  • One would need more evidence to be convinced that one should accept the Urban Dictionary's purported definition as really a definition. It seems to me that the the defining characteristic of a seductress is the one stated in the quotation from Oxford Dictionaries; such a person may be able to use her sexuality to also manipulate men in other ways (which is what the question is about), but I don't think that this is a part of the meaning of seductress.
    – jsw29
    Apr 15 at 21:06
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yes there is your suspicion is correct. Traditional Binary roles for male and female

Incubus

Succubus

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