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temptress

[ temp-tris ]
/ ˈtɛmp trɪs /
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noun

a woman who tempts, entices, or allures.

RELATED WORDS

siren, Jezebel, seductress, sorceress, enchantress, delilah, lorelei, mermaid

Nearby words

temptation, tempted, tempter, tempting, temptingly, temptress, tempura, tempus edax rerum, tempus fugit, tempyō, temuco

Origin of temptress

First recorded in 1585–95; tempt(e)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for temptress

temptress

/ (ˈtɛmptrɪs) /

noun

a woman who sets out to allure or seduce a man or men; seductress
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Word Origin and History for temptress

temptress


n.

1590s, from tempter + -ess.

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