tempt·​ress | \ˈtem(p)-trəs \

Definition of temptress 

: a woman who tempts or entices

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Examples of temptress in a Sentence

Greta Garbo, one of the most famous temptresses ever to appear on screen, died in 1990.

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Loveliness, in fiction, typically graces a pair of archetypes: the angel and the temptress. A.j. Finn, chicagotribune.com, "Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' gives women permission to be bad," 13 July 2018 It's covered with a pop-art mural of a pistol-wielding '60s-era temptress. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Hope can be a brutal, uncaring temptress, ramping expectations into exhilarating crescendo before yanking the ball away, Lucy-style, as Charlie Brown tumbles again. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "No-hitter wait continues for Padres fans after near-miss from Lyles," 15 May 2018 Maggie Lou Rader is a wonderfully anxious temptress. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Review: Cincy Shakes' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' a monumental family drama," 7 Apr. 2018 The action involves three muses — a chain-smoking temptress, an overheated diva and a fanciful kook — who each capture the attention of our hero. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "At New York City Ballet, Hits, Misses and Daring Dancers," 6 Mar. 2018 As his brother mounts a tribal rebellion, Samson's relationship with a Philistine temptress and his final surrender to God will help turn imprisonment into a final victory. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Movie Minute: There's 'Black Panther' and everybody else at the box office this weekend," 15 Feb. 2018 These Pre-Raphaelite artists would often depict redheads in the nude or as temptresses. Jessica Matlin, Allure, "The Other Color: What Growing Up a Redhead Meant for My Self-Confidence," 15 Feb. 2018 As Jimmy Ray, the handsome scion of well-to-do family who brings out the temptress in Alice in the flashback scenes, Patrick Cummings at least seems likes a worthy enough fellow for a bright young woman to upturn her teenage life over. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'Bright Star' at the Ahmanson: Bluegrass, tears and a big, vacuous smile," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of temptress

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of temptress was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of temptress

: a woman who makes a man want to have sex with her : a very attractive woman

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