What does temptation mean?

Definitions for temptationtɛmpˈteɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word temptation.

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"


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of temptation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of temptation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mae West:

    I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.

  2. Paul Schoenfeld:

    The cash pile is a temptation for Mr. Bollore and the management.

  3. Anonymous:

    Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

  4. Robert Orben:

    Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.

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