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.

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

Freebase

  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. T. S. Eliot:

    The last temptation is the greatest treason to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

  2. CLIFFORD VILLALON:

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

  3. Robert Orben:

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

  4. Oliver Sheldon:

    We think part of the explanation for why people occasionally don't behave ethically is their failure to confront and realize there's a temptation.

  5. Arthur Caplan:

    There's a temptation, I suspect, to take the money and run, i can certainly empathize with the temptation to not play ball. ... I just think that's a ludicrous burden to put on the individual.

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