temptress

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

Definition of temptress

: a woman who tempts or entices

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 Despite the bad breakup, Kiffin still apparently has feelings for his old L.A. temptress. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 18 July 2022 Seo Yea-ji returns to the small screen in the Korean melodrama Eve, playing a temptress with a longstanding vendetta. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Their first instinct is to see a woman claiming abuse as a temptress. R. Albert Mohler, WSJ, 26 May 2022 Dave’s strict religious code convinced him that Butcher was an evil temptress and caused Butcher to question her own worth. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2021 Patrizia is a flirt, a temptress, a schemer, a force of nature. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2021 This time, instead of Swift being cast as a temptress, Gyllenhaal's behavior is under scrutiny. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 15 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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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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1 Aug 2022

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“Temptress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temptress. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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