a person or thing that tempts, especially to evil.
the Tempter, Satan; the devil.

Origin of tempter

1350–1400; tempt + -er1; replacing Middle English temptour < Old French temptere, temptëor < Late Latin temptātōr-, stem of temptātor tempter (to sin), Latin: one who makes an attempt; see tempt, -tor
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the Tempter Satan regarded as trying to lead men into sin
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Word Origin and History for tempter

mid-14c., from Middle French tempteur (14c.), Old French *tempteor, from Latin temptatorem, agent noun from temptare (see tempt). Originally especially of the Devil.

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