[ temp-ting ]
/ ˈtɛmp tɪŋ /


that tempts; enticing or inviting.

Origin of tempting

First recorded in 1540–50; tempt + -ing2


tempt·ing·ly, adverbtempt·ing·ness, nounun·tempt·ing, adjectiveun·tempt·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for tempting (2 of 2)

[ tempt ]
/ tɛmpt /

verb (used with object)

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

1175–1225; Middle English < Latin temptāre to probe, feel, test, tempt


1 Tempt, seduce may both mean to allure or entice to something unwise or wicked. To tempt is to attract by holding out the probability of gratification or advantage, often in the direction of that which is wrong or unwise: to tempt a man with a bribe. To seduce is literally to lead astray, sometimes from that which absorbs one or demands attention, but oftener, in a moral sense, from rectitude, chastity, etc.: to seduce a person away from loyalty.
2 inveigle, induce, lure, incite, persuade.


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British Dictionary definitions for tempting (1 of 2)

/ (ˈtɛmptɪŋ) /


attractive or invitinga tempting meal

Derived forms of tempting

temptingly, adverbtemptingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for tempting (2 of 2)

/ (tɛmpt) /

verb (tr)

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)

Derived forms of tempt

temptable, adjectivetempter, noun

Word Origin for tempt

C13: from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre to test
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