[ temp-tris ]
/ ˈtɛmp trɪs /


a woman who tempts, entices, or allures.


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Origin of temptress

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

usage note for temptress

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for temptress

/ (ˈtɛmptrɪs) /


a woman who sets out to allure or seduce a man or men; seductress
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