tempter

[ temp-ter ]
/ ˈtɛmp tər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. temps lié,
  2. tempt,
  3. tempt fate,
  4. temptation,
  5. tempted,
  6. tempting,
  7. temptingly,
  8. temptress,
  9. tempura,
  10. tempus edax rerum

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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British Dictionary definitions for tempter

Tempter

/ (ˈtɛmptə) /

noun

the Tempter Satan regarded as trying to lead men into sin
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Word Origin and History for tempter

tempter

n.

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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