tempt·​ing | \ ˈtem(p)-tiŋ How to pronounce tempting (audio) \

Definition of tempting

: having an appeal : enticing a tempting offer

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Other Words from tempting

temptingly adverb

Examples of tempting in a Sentence

The desserts look very tempting. It is tempting to think of him as the next American president.
Recent Examples on the Web But as with the 2015 San Bernadino shooting, the high-stakes case proved all too tempting for the agency to try to set a bad precedent. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The FBI Backs Down Against Apple—Again," 18 May 2020 And for young people who are already struggling, online distractions can make retreating from offline life all too tempting, which can lead to deepening isolation and depression. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Anxious Child," 14 Apr. 2020 The last two head-to-head meetings hit the Over, but the plus-money here is too tempting to turn down in what’s expected to be a tight divisional battle. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche odds, picks and best bets," 17 Jan. 2020 President Trump has also worked to ban fruity flavors for vaping products, which the administration claims are too tempting for children. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Teenagers charged after posting video of 2-year-old vaping on social media," 13 Jan. 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has made internet voting options more tempting than ever for election officials across the US. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Online Voting Has Worked So Far. That Doesn’t Mean It's Safe," 12 May 2020 Chair: If possible, sit in a chair over the more tempting couch or bed. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "It's not too late to set up a decent home office," 30 Mar. 2020 Yet the prospect of riding into battle with someone who is as arrogant, aggressive, politically incorrect, and corrosively funny as Trump has to be a tempting proposition to a lot of Democrats. Kyle Smith, National Review, "How Being Politically Incorrect Could Help Bloomberg," 19 Feb. 2020 Its size and distance from its star make the world a tempting target for current and near-future exoplanet-imaging projects. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Astronomers May Have Captured the First Ever Image of Nearby Exoplanet Proxima C," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tempting

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tempting

from present participle of tempt

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The first known use of tempting was in 1588

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29 May 2020

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“Tempting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempting. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tempting

: causing an urge or desire to have or do something

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