temptation

noun
temp·​ta·​tion | \ tem(p)-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce temptation (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for temptation

Synonyms

allurement, enticement, lure, seduction

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Examples of temptation in a Sentence

Money is always a temptation. The dessert menu has a lot of delicious temptations. the temptations of the city
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Eve was full of temptation, Medusa could turn men to stone. Michael Avedon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Explores What It Means to Be Hyper Feminine," 8 Aug. 2019 Making changes against the pull of temptation and metabolism says these changes are possible, and that message, delivered steadily, wordlessly, lovingly, without judgment, over time, is more persuasive than ultimatums can ever be. Carolyn Hax, Anchorage Daily News, "Carolyn Hax: I want my husband to lose weight with me," 14 July 2019 Making changes against the pull of temptation and metabolism says these changes are possible, and that message, delivered steadily, wordlessly, lovingly, without judgment, over time, is more persuasive than ultimatums can ever be. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Wife wants couple to get healthy together," 14 July 2019 Making changes against the pull of temptation and metabolism says these changes are possible, and that message, delivered steadily, wordlessly, lovingly, without judgment, over time, is more persuasive than ultimatums can ever be. Carolyn Hax, al, "Carolyn Hax: Spouse finding it difficult to get healthy without husband’s support," 13 July 2019 The framers truly understood human nature, the temptations that come with holding awesome federal power, and the problems with factions and blind partisanship. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: ‘Ball of Collusion’ thoughtfully connects the dots on Clinton and Obama," 29 Aug. 2019 There’s a temptation to make sweeping, declarative statements after every event. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "From Augusta to East Lake: 18 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 PGA Tour Season," 26 Aug. 2019 As the three clubs’ results have declined, the temptation to buy a readymade solution from Real Madrid or Bayern Munich has only increased. M.j., The Economist, "Man City’s and Liverpool’s rivals have copied their transfer strategy," 10 Aug. 2019 The saga also highlights another growing trend at a time when organic and green are all the rage among the world’s well-heeled consumers: The temptation to cut corners and to give products a veneer of sustainability is great. Los Angeles Times, "Data rigging is latest Chile salmon farm scandal," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of temptation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for temptation

Middle English temptacioun "testing, enticement to sin," borrowed from Anglo-French tentacion, borrowed from Late Latin temptātiōn-, temptātiō "enticement to sin," going back to Latin, "attempt, attack," from temptāre "to feel, test, attempt, make an assault on, attack" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at tempt

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temptation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of temptation

: 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

noun
temp·​ta·​tion | \ temp-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce temptation (audio) \

Kids Definition of temptation

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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