What does temptation mean?

Definitions for temptation
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"

Wiktionary

  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.

Wikipedia

  1. Temptation

    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.

ChatGPT

  1. temptation

    Temptation is the desire or urge to do something, particularly something enticing, pleasurable, or beneficial to oneself, but considered wrong, harmful, or immoral. It often involves a conflict between one's values or rules and immediate gratification or perceived gain.

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

Wikidata

  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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Patrick Bordnick:

    They know they're in a therapist's office and the drug isn’t there. We need to put patients in realistic virtual reality environments and make them feel they are there with the drug, and the temptation, to get a clearer picture and improve interventions.

  2. Gary Bauer:

    We are unique in that we have a large presence in every congressional district, in every county in America, the temptation by politicians is to try and finesse these issues and move on, but no member will be able to claim ignorance.

  3. Daniel Walton:

    Everybody loves getting more money, you hear numbers thrown at you, there is a temptation to go elsewhere.

  4. H. L. Mencken:

    Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.

  5. Oscar Wilde:

    The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.

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