Origin of temptation
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|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that temptation should be avoided, in the interest of basic honesty.Conor Oberst and the Myth of the Woman Who Cried Rape|Amanda Marcotte|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ben Jacobs|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although my temptation is to balk like a sitcom father—“Whaddya mean these guys are famous for Tweeting?!”
If the joke is well constructed, there is temptation to use it.
And considering the pressure of the necessary preparation for schools, the temptation to shun the byways is very great.An American at Oxford|John Corbin
But Ransom was no fool and, stepping back out of the way of temptation, he allowed him to escape without further parley.The Chief Legatee|Anna Katharine Green
Whatever doubt exists in verse 12 about trial or temptation vanishes in verse 13.Studies in the Epistle of James|A. T. Robertson
I think we should resist the temptation to seek such refuge.Biology|Edmund Beecher Wilson
Something more powerful than the impulse of the temptation restrained him: his plighted word to Isabel and his love for her.The Tremendous Event|Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for temptation
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).