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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 money must have been too great a temptation to him and to Fred.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions.

  • I will not make it a hypocrisy to say, 'Lead us not into temptation.'

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • But now with every sip of wine the temptation came stronger and stronger.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • It never occurred to her that the girl might have been tempted to steal—and had not resisted the temptation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
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).

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