tempt·​ress | \ ˈtem(p)-trəs How to pronounce temptress (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Mother is all three: First human in the beautiful place, ruinous temptress, monster patrolling the mystical totem of power. Darren Franich, EW.com, 11 May 2020 Wendy is jealous of Tiger Lily’s perceived seduction of Peter, a storyline that plays into an insidious trope of women of colour as temptresses, while white women are virginal and pure. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 2 Mar. 2020 Pompous Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), irreverent Laszlo (Matt Berry) and temptress Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) are among the vampires living on Staten Island for 200 years. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, 29 Dec. 2019 With her enormous liquid-brown eyes and voice that swings effortlessly from a deep, smoky growl to a breathy high pitch, Cabello is a temptress with a sense of humor, a geek unafraid to make fun of herself. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, 14 Nov. 2018 Loveliness, in fiction, typically graces a pair of archetypes: the angel and the temptress. A.j. Finn, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2018 It's covered with a pop-art mural of a pistol-wielding '60s-era temptress. Arizona Republic, 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, 15 May 2018 Maggie Lou Rader is a wonderfully anxious temptress. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of temptress

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for temptress

tempter + -ess

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The first known use of temptress was in 1594

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“Temptress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temptress. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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