- that tempts; enticing or inviting.
Origin of tempting
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- to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
- to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite: The offer tempts me.
- to render strongly disposed to do something: The book tempted me to read more on the subject.
- to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke: to tempt one's fate.
- Obsolete. to try or test.
Origin of tempt
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Examples from the Web for tempting
At first glance, it might be tempting to interpret this extravagant level of compensation as a victory for the once-humble intern.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
It would be tempting, at this point, to say that the Internet will corrode religious authority and usher in the Great Secular Age.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
It is tempting to think that Posada would be proud of how far his calavera images have traveled.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
It is tempting for gay-rights advocates to imagine that a national majority is the same as a national consensus.Red America’s Anti-Gay Backlash
June 15, 2014
The column looked so tempting, like the David Brooks pieces I enjoy so much.Smoke ‘Em If You Got A Good Story About ‘Em
June 6, 2014
This is the sense in which the Bible speaks of God as tempting persons.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
It was tempting, and although it had a peculiar odour, she swallowed it.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
But I cannot linger upon this at present, tempting although it be.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
That is, I declare, Mr. Monday, it looks awfully like tempting Providence!Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
The most tempting avenue of invasion was the valley of the Adige River.
- attractive or invitinga tempting meal
- to attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise
- to allure, invite, or attract
- to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; disposetheir unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party
- to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)
Word Origin and History for tempting
"inviting," 1590s, present participle adjective from tempt (v.). Related: Temptingly.
early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test." Related: Tempted; tempting.