temptation

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noun temp·ta·tion \tem(p)-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of temptation

  1. 1 :  the act of tempting or the state of being tempted especially to evil :  enticement

  2. 2 :  something tempting :  a cause or occasion of enticement

Examples of temptation in a Sentence

  1. Money is always a temptation.

  2. The dessert menu has a lot of delicious temptations.

  3. the temptations of the city

13th Century

First Known Use of temptation

13th century


TEMPTATION Defined for English Language Learners

temptation

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noun temp·ta·tion \tem(p)-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of temptation for English Language Learners

  • : a strong urge or desire to have or do something

  • : something that causes a strong urge or desire to have or do something and especially something that is bad, wrong, or unwise


TEMPTATION Defined for Kids

temptation

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noun temp·ta·tion \temp-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of temptation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of considering or causing to consider doing something wrong or unwise

  2. 2 :  a strong desire a temptation for candy

  3. 3 :  something that causes a strong desire The money was a temptation.



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