Definitions for temptationtɛmpˈteɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

temp•ta•tiontɛmpˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.

  2. something that tempts, entices, or allures.

  3. the fact or state of being tempted, esp. to evil.

  4. an instance of this.

Origin of temptation:

1175–1225; ME temptacion < L temptātiō. See tempt , -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. temptation, enticement(noun)

    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce

  2. temptation(noun)

    the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid

    "he felt the temptation and his will power weakened"

  3. enticement, temptation(noun)

    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire

    "his enticements were shameless"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. temptation(noun)ɛmpˈteɪ ʃən

    the feeling of being tempted by sth

    It was a temptation I could not resist.

  2. temptationɛmpˈteɪ ʃən

    to be unable to resist temptation

    I gave into temptation and tried the chocolate.

  3. temptationɛmpˈteɪ ʃən

    sth that tempts sb

    the temptations of life


  1. temptation(Noun)

    The act of tempting

  2. temptation(Noun)

    The condition of being tempted.

  3. temptation(Noun)

    Something attractive, tempting or seductive; an inducement or enticement.

  4. temptation(Noun)

    Pressure applied to your thinking designed to create wrong emotions which will eventually lead to wrong actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temptation(noun)

    the act of tempting, or enticing to evil; seduction

  2. Temptation(noun)

    the state of being tempted, or enticed to evil

  3. Temptation(noun)

    that which tempts; an inducement; an allurement, especially to something evil


  1. Temptation

    "Temptation" is a popular song, published in 1933, with music written by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed. The song was used in the film Singin' in the Rain and later in the 1983 musical based on the film, and is prominently featured in Valerio Zurlini's Violent Summer. The song was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1933 film Going Hollywood. Crosby recorded the song with Lennie Hayton's orchestra on October 22, 1933. He recorded it again with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra on March 3, 1945.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. temptation

    A desire to do something you know you should not do.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temptation' in Nouns Frequency: #2615

Translations for temptation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of tempting

the temptation of Christ (by the Devil).

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