dispose or incline or entice to
"We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
entice, lure, tempt(verb)
provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
"He lured me into temptation"
give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
"the window displays tempted the shoppers"
charm, influence, tempt(verb)
induce into action by using one's charm
"She charmed him into giving her all his money"
try to seduce
"St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"
To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.
She tempted me to eat the apple.
To attract; to allure.
Its glossy skin tempted me.
To provoke something; to court.
It would be tempting fate.
Origin: From tempter (French: tenter), from temptare, more correctly tentare, frequentative of tenere.
to put to trial; to prove; to test; to try
to lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce
to endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite; to provoke; to instigate
to endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
temt, v.t. to put to trial: to test: to try to persuade, esp. to evil: to entice.—adj. Temp′table.—ns. Temp′tableness; Temptā′tion, act of tempting: state of being tempted: that which tempts: enticement to evil: trial.—adj. Temptā′tious, seductive.—n. Temp′ter, one who tempts, esp. the devil:—fem. Temp′tress.—adj. Temp′ting, adapted to tempt or entice.—adv. Temp′tingly.—n. Temp′tingness. [O. Fr. tempter (Fr. tenter)—L. tentāre, an inten. of tendĕre, to stretch.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'tempt' in Verbs Frequency: #837
The numerical value of tempt in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of tempt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of tempt in a Sentence
Tempt not a desperate man.
It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead.
I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
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- temptarCatalan, Valencian
- [[in]] [[Versuchung]] [[führen]], lockenGerman
- vietellä, härnätä, viekoitella, houkuttaaFinnish
- tenter, attirerFrench
- buairScottish Gaelic
- verleiden, lokken, verlokken, uitlokkenDutch
- tenta, ispitiRomanian
- склоня́ть, увещева́ть, подбива́ть, соблазни́ть, провоци́ровать, склони́ть, подби́ть, соблазня́ть, прельсти́ть, искуша́ть, спровоци́ровать, искуси́ть, прельща́тьRussian
- ప్రేరేపించు, ఎర వేయు, రెచ్చగొట్టుTelugu
- blufodön, bätönVolapük
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