Definitions for tempt
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tempt.
dispose or incline or entice to
"We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
entice, lure, temptverb
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, temptverb
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.
Etymology: From tempter (French: tenter), from temptare, more correctly tentare, frequentative of tenere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: tento, Lat. tenter, Fr.
’Tis not the king that sends you to the Tower:
My lady Gray tempts him to this harsh extremity. William Shakespeare.
You ever gentle gods, take my breath from me;
Let not my worser spirit tempt me again
To die before you please. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Come together, that Satan tempt you not. 1 Cor. vii. 5.
He that hath not wholly subdued himself, is quickly tempted and overcome in small things. Jeremy Taylor.
Fix’d on the fruit she gaz’d, which to behold
Might tempt alone. John Milton.
The devil can but tempt and deceive; and if he cannot destroy so, his power is at an end. South.
O wretched maid!
Whose roving fancy would resolve the same
With him, who next should tempt her easy fame. Matthew Prior.
I’m much too vent’rous
In tempting of your patience. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
Your talons from the wretched and the bold;
Tempt not the brave and needy to despair:
For, though your violence shou’d leave ’em bare
Of gold and silver, swords and darts remain. Dryden.
Still his strength conceal’d
Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fall. John Milton.
The rowing crew,
To tempt a fare, clothe all their tilts in blue. John Gay.
This from the vulgar branches must be torn,
And to fair Proserpine the present born,
Ere leave be giv’n to tempt the nether skies. Dryden.
Temptation is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment that threatens long-term goals. In the context of some religions, temptation is the inclination to sin. Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss something important to a person. In the context of self-control and ego depletion, temptation is described as an immediate, pleasurable urge and/or impulse that disrupts an individuals ability to wait for the long-term goals, in which that individual hopes to attain.More informally, temptation may be used to mean "the state of being attracted and enticed" without anything to do with moral, ethical, or ideological valuation; for example, one may say that a piece of food looks "tempting" even though eating it would result in no negative consequences. Research suggests that there are paradoxical effects associated with temptation. Implicit in all the forms in which temptation can present itself there is a set of options that may facilitate high moral standards in decision-making. Weak or subtle temptations, in comparison to strong or obvious temptations, can lead to a greater loss of self-control. supported research states that "available temptations are less valuable and less tempting".Temptations can have effects on long-term goal attainment, it has been found that individuals who experienced temptation and the effects of it found there were benefits to their experiences.
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.]
British National Corpus
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
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.
Tempt not a desperate man.
Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil.
He that cannot decidedly say, "No," when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs.
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- temptarCatalan, Valencian
- [[in]] [[Versuchung]] [[führen]], lockenGerman
- vietellä, viekoitella, houkuttaa, härnätäFinnish
- attirer, tenterFrench
- buairScottish Gaelic
- verlokken, lokken, uitlokken, verleidenDutch
- tenta, ispitiRomanian
- соблазни́ть, подбива́ть, увещева́ть, склоня́ть, прельща́ть, искуси́ть, спровоци́ровать, провоци́ровать, склони́ть, подби́ть, соблазня́ть, прельсти́ть, искуша́тьRussian
- రెచ్చగొట్టు, ప్రేరేపించు, ఎర వేయుTelugu
- cám dỗVietnamese
- bätön, blufodönVolapük
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