temptation

[ temp-tey-shuhn ]
/ tɛmpˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.
something that tempts, entices, or allures.
the fact or state of being tempted, especially to evil.
an instance of this.
(initial capital letter) the temptation of Christ by Satan. Matthew 4.

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Origin of temptation

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English temptacion, from Latin temptātiōn- (stem of temptātiō ) “a testing”; see tempt, -ation

OTHER WORDS FROM temptation

temp·ta·tion·al, adjectivenon·temp·ta·tion, nounpre·temp·ta·tion, nounsu·per·temp·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for temptation

temptation
/ (tɛmpˈteɪʃən) /

noun

the act of tempting or the state of being tempted
a person or thing that tempts
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