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

Definition of tempting

: having an appeal : enticing a tempting offer

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 Psychologists say it’s tempting to keep up with his posts, but best to stop paying attention. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2022 But those upgrades might not be as tempting as Apple expected. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 28 Mar. 2022 The beauty of Weird Dinner is given its proper due in Lukas Volger’s Snacks for Dinner, which has the most tempting dip chapter in town—a competitive category! Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 16 Apr. 2022 Think of it as a tempting buffet for pollinators and the natural enemies of insect pests. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 Frankly, clicking on every tempting link on our phones can be the opposite of this, with the opposite effect. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 4 Apr. 2022 This year’s 94th annual Academy Awards eerily coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of The Godfather’s release, which makes Godfather nostalgia even more tempting to indulge than usual. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2022 That said, with the performance of Apple silicon blowing away the vast majority of Windows PCs, there has never been a more tempting time to do so. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 The move was prompted by a tempting offer to buy the 1948 Burkes-Belluschi House from his original client, Mrs. D.C. Burkes. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Tempting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempting. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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