tempt·​er | \ ˈtem(p)-tər How to pronounce tempter (audio) \

Definition of tempter

: one that tempts or entices

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Synonyms for tempter


baiter, seducer, solicitor

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Examples of tempter in a Sentence

there is no greater tempter to put off studying than my dog when he wants to play

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The supreme tempter is Satan, who uses our weaknesses to lead us into sin. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A gay couple ordered wedding programs. They got pamphlets about Satan, lawsuit says.," 17 Jan. 2018 But his tempter, a 70-year-old grifter even more desperate than Petty, is persuasive. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "The Best New Mysteries," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of tempter

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tempter

Middle English tempter, temptour, in part from tempten "to tempt" + -er -er entry 2, in part borrowed from Anglo-French temptur, tempteour, going back to Late Latin temptātor "one who entices to sin (as an epithet for Satan)," going back to Latin, "one who makes an assault on," from temptāre "to feel, test, attempt, make an assault on, attack" + -tor, agent suffix — more at tempt

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The first known use of tempter was in the 14th century

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to spread over or through

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