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[tempt] /tɛmpt/
verb (used with object)
to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite:
The offer tempts me.
to render strongly disposed to do something:
The book tempted me to read more on the subject.
to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke:
to tempt one's fate.
Obsolete. to try or test.
Origin of tempt
1175-1225; Middle English < Latin temptāre to probe, feel, test, tempt
Related forms
temptable, adjective
pretempt, verb (used with object)
self-tempted, adjective
supertempt, verb (used with object)
untemptable, adjective
untempted, adjective
1. Tempt, seduce may both mean to allure or entice to something unwise or wicked. To tempt is to attract by holding out the probability of gratification or advantage, often in the direction of that which is wrong or unwise: to tempt a man with a bribe. To seduce is literally to lead astray, sometimes from that which absorbs one or demands attention, but oftener, in a moral sense, from rectitude, chastity, etc.: to seduce a person away from loyalty. 2. inveigle, induce, lure, incite, persuade. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for untempted
Historical Examples
  • The ultimate crown is for the overcomer, and not for the untempted one.

  • They don't ever understand, these easy, half-alive, untempted folks!


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • Even with respect to the two vices he denounced, he was an untried and untempted man.

    Rulers of India: Lord Clive

    George Bruce Malleson
  • It showed him strong and cold and untempted, preferring famine and neglect and misery to any debt or burden of a service done.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • "None are so good as the untempted," explained the Senior, who had been beautiful and was now placid and full of good works.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • What its face was like she had really no idea, for in so many things she had practically been untempted.

  • untempted, or incompetent, to create illusions, to the creation of form they devote themselves entirely.


    Clive Bell
British Dictionary definitions for untempted


verb (transitive)
to attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise
to allure, invite, or attract
to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; dispose: their unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party
to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)
Derived Forms
temptable, adjective
tempter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre to test
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for untempted



early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test." Related: Tempted; tempting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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