- a person or thing that tempts, especially to evil.
- the Tempter, Satan; the devil.
Origin of tempter
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Examples from the Web for tempter
But the tempter came, and from that time she began to droop.
The tempter was sure that the battle was won, and smiled contentedly.Within the Law
The tempter, in making a second attack, became more positive.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Whoever was the tempter, that is not the thing; nor what the temptation.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
That way, whispered the Tempter, was too straight and simple.The Snare
- the Tempter Satan regarded as trying to lead men into sin
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Word Origin and History for tempter
mid-14c., from Middle French tempteur (14c.), Old French *tempteor, from Latin temptatorem, agent noun from temptare (see tempt). Originally especially of the Devil.
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