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

Origin of temptation

1175–1225; Middle English temptacion < Latin temptātiōn- (stem of temptātiō) a testing. See tempt, -ation
Related formstemp·ta·tion·al, adjectivenon·temp·ta·tion, nounpre·temp·ta·tion, nounsu·per·temp·ta·tion, noun

Synonyms for temptation

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British Dictionary definitions for temptational


  1. the act of tempting or the state of being tempted
  2. a person or thing that tempts
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Word Origin and History for temptational



early 13c., from Old French temptation (12c., Modern French tentation), from Latin temptationem (nominative temptatio), from past participle stem of temptare (see tempt).

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