verb (used with object)
Origin of tempt
Examples from the Web for tempt
He says certain books, and even scary Halloween horror movies, tempt people to the devil.Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Small things about every day that tempt people, we wanted to find out what they were.Michael B. Jordan: Playing a Black Superhero in 'Fantastic Four' Is a 'Huge Responsibility'|Kevin Fallon|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You can never know who can become a spy for the enemy if you have enough means to pressure him, to blackmail him, to tempt him.
Hoping to tempt her back into writing, her agent suggested that she and her husband collaborate on a book in his genre.
Fearful lest curiosity might tempt me to open it, I had never even looked at it in book-stores.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, happily, this fearful art exists no more to tempt and destroy?Lucretia, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Many a patient can eat, if you can only "tempt his appetite."Notes on Nursing|Florence Nightingale
"And yet you tempt weaker men by your nice cakes," exclaimed the doctor, who had just arrived.A Bottle in the Smoke|Milne Rae
When the revolutionary storm commenced he dared to brave its fury and tempt the bosses of its foaming surges.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
But she is undoubtedly an agent-provocateuse of police set to tempt men to their downfall.The Minister of Evil|William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for tempt
Word Origin for tempt
Word Origin and History for tempt
early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test." Related: Tempted; tempting.