- 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
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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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Examples from the Web for untempted
The ultimate crown is for the overcomer, and not for the untempted one.Standards of Life and Service
T. H. Howard
They don't ever understand, these easy, half-alive, untempted folks!Captivity
M. Leonora Eyles
Even with respect to the two vices he denounced, he was an untried and untempted man.Rulers of India: Lord Clive
George Bruce Malleson
It showed him strong and cold and untempted, preferring famine and neglect and misery to any debt or burden of a service done.Folle-Farine
"None are so good as the untempted," explained the Senior, who had been beautiful and was now placid and full of good works.Love Stories
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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)
C13: from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre to test
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Word Origin and History for untempted
early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test." Related: Tempted; tempting.
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