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tɛmpˈteɪ ʃəntemp·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. temptation, enticementnoun

    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce

  2. temptationnoun

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

    "he felt the temptation and his will power weakened"

  3. enticement, temptationnoun

    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire

    "his enticements were shameless"


  1. temptationnoun

    The act of tempting

  2. temptationnoun

    The condition of being tempted.

  3. temptationnoun

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

  4. temptationnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Temptationnoun

    Etymology: tentation, Fr. from tempt.

    All temptation to transgress repel. John Milton.

    When by human weakness, and the arts of the tempter, you are led into temptations, prayer is the thread to bring you out of this labyrinth. Brian Duppa.

    Set a deep glass of rhenish wine on the contrary casket; for if the devil be within, and that temptation without, he will choose it. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Dare to be great without a guilty crown;
    View it, and lay the bright temptation down:
    ’Tis base to seize on all. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temptationnoun

    the act of tempting, or enticing to evil; seduction

  2. Temptationnoun

    the state of being tempted, or enticed to evil

  3. Temptationnoun

    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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of temptation in a Sentence

  1. Mae West:

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

  2. Carolyn Wegemann:

    For the average investor we are advising them to tune out the noise and resist the temptation to make rash moves. Keep calm and stay the course, the majority of our clients are taking the long-term perspective.

  3. Lane Olinghouse:

    Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.


    There is no evil in a man's mind, only temptation.

  5. Marianne Moore:

    When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. sheath
    • B. elation
    • C. contempt
    • D. serendipity

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