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temptation

[temp-tey-shuh n] /tɛmpˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.
2.
something that tempts, entices, or allures.
3.
the fact or state of being tempted, especially to evil.
4.
an instance of this.
5.
(initial capital letter) the temptation of Christ by Satan. Matt. 4.
Origin of temptation
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English temptacion < Latin temptātiōn- (stem of temptātiō) a testing. See tempt, -ation
Related forms
temptational, adjective
nontemptation, noun
pretemptation, noun
supertemptation, noun
Synonyms
1. lure, attraction, pull, seduction, inducement.
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  • The temptation to burst out and tell her of my feelings was extraordinary.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • When temptation came to him, he told Bonita about it and asked her advice.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Fresh from the country he succumbed to temptation and robbed the mails.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • Sometimes the test was to show that the temptation was powerless.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • An hour of temptation must try all who dwell upon the earth.

British Dictionary definitions for temptation

temptation

/tɛmpˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of tempting or the state of being tempted
2.
a person or thing that tempts
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Word Origin and History for temptation
n.

early 13c., from Old French temptation (12c., Modern French tentation), from Latin temptationem (nominative temptatio), from past participle stem of temptare (see tempt).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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