Origin of temptation
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Examples from the Web for temptation
For one thing, they seldom had it, and for another thing they all believed that having it would set up a temptation to spend it.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
But that temptation should be avoided, in the interest of basic honesty.Conor Oberst and the Myth of the Woman Who Cried Rape
July 15, 2014
Pelosi is one of many politicians who have given in to the temptation of being pictured alongside a cartoon character or Muppet.Muppets, Superheroes And The Politicians Who Love Them
May 22, 2014
Although my temptation is to balk like a sitcom father—“Whaddya mean these guys are famous for Tweeting?!”My Weird Inside Look at Teen Twitter
May 22, 2014
If the joke is well constructed, there is temptation to use it.Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Flying Circus
May 8, 2014
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.'
But now with every sip of wine the temptation came stronger and stronger.
It never occurred to her that the girl might have been tempted to steal—and had not resisted the temptation.Within the Law
- the act of tempting or the state of being tempted
- a person or thing that tempts
Word Origin and History for temptation
early 13c., from Old French temptation (12c., Modern French tentation), from Latin temptationem (nominative temptatio), from past participle stem of temptare (see tempt).