temptation

noun temp·ta·tion \ tem(p)-ˈtā-shən \
Updated on: 20 Feb 2018

Definition of temptation

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

Recent Examples of temptation from the Web

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First Known Use of temptation

13th century


TEMPTATION Defined for English Language Learners

temptation

noun

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

noun temp·ta·tion \ temp-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of temptation for Students

1 : the act of considering or causing to consider doing something wrong or unwise
2 : a strong desire
  • a temptation for candy
3 : something that causes a strong desire
  • The money was a temptation.


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