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temp·ta·tion

 (tĕmp-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act of tempting or the condition of being tempted.
2. Something tempting or enticing.

temptation

(tɛmpˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act of tempting or the state of being tempted
2. a person or thing that tempts

temp•ta•tion

(tɛmpˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.
2. something that tempts, entices, or allures.
3. the fact or state of being tempted, esp. to evil.
4. an instance of this.
[1175–1225; Middle English temptacion < Latin temptātiō. See tempt, -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.temptation - something that seduces or has the quality to seducetemptation - something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
influence - a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
forbidden fruit - originally an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden; it is now used to refer to anything that is tempting but dangerous (as sexuality)
bait, come-on, lure, sweetener, hook - anything that serves as an enticement
allurement - attractiveness; "its allurement was its remoteness"
2.temptation - the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid; "he felt the temptation and his will power weakened"
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
3.temptation - the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire; "his enticements were shameless"
influence - causing something without any direct or apparent effort
wheedling, blandishment - the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery
leading astray, leading off - the act of enticing others into sinful ways
seduction - enticing someone astray from right behavior
allurement, solicitation - the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)

temptation

noun
1. enticement, lure, inducement, pull, come-on (informal), invitation, bait, coaxing, snare, seduction, decoy, allurement, tantalization the many temptations to which they will be exposed
2. urge, desire, impulse, inclination, itch Will they be able to resist the temptation to buy?
3. appeal, draw, attraction, attractiveness The thrill and the temptation of crime is very strong.
Quotations
"I can resist everything except temptation" [Oscar Wilde Lady Windermere's Fan]
"No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object" [Colette]
"The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat" Bible: Genesis
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak" Bible: St. Matthew
"The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason" [T.S. Eliot Murder in the Cathedral]

temptation

noun
Something that attracts, especially with the promise of pleasure or reward:
Translations
إِغْرَاءإغْراء، إغْواءشَيْءٌ مُغْرٍ
pokušenílákadlo
fristelse
kiusaus
iskušenje
kísértés
freisting
誘惑
유혹
skušnjavavaba
frestelse
การล่อใจ
ayartmabaştan çıkarıcı şeybaştan çıkarma
sự cám dỗ

temptation

[tempˈteɪʃən] Ntentación f
there is always a temptation toexiste siempre la tentación de ...
to resist temptationresistir (a) la tentación
I couldn't resist the temptation to tell him or of telling himno pude resistir la tentación de decírselo
to give way or yield to temptationceder a la tentación
to put temptation in sb's wayexponer a algn a la tentación
lead us not into temptation (Bible) → no nos dejes caer en la tentación

temptation

[tɛmpˈteɪʃən] ntentation f

temptation

nVersuchung f (also Rel), → Verlockung f; to put temptation in somebody’s wayjdn in Versuchung führen; lead us not into temptation (Bibl) → führe uns nicht in Versuchung (Bibl); to yield to or to give way to temptationder Versuchung erliegen

temptation

[tɛmpˈteɪʃn] ntentazione f
there is always a temptation to ... → si ha sempre la tentazione di...
I couldn't resist the temptation → non sono riuscito a resistere alla tentazione

tempt

(tempt) verb
to (try to) persuade or attract to do something; to make (someone) want to do (something). The sunshine tempted them (to go) out.
tempˈtation noun
1. the act of tempting. the temptation of Christ (by the Devil).
2. something that tempts. He was surrounded by temptations.
ˈtempterfeminine ˈtemptress noun
a person who tempts.
ˈtempting adjective
attractive. That cake looks tempting.
ˈtemptingly adverb
be tempted (to do something)
to think that it would be pleasant, interesting etc to do (something). I'm tempted to go to the party.

temptation

إِغْرَاء pokušení fristelse Versuchung πειρασμός tentación kiusaus tentation iskušenje tentazione 誘惑 유혹 verleiding fristelse pokusa tentação искушение frestelse การล่อใจ ayartma sự cám dỗ 诱惑
References in classic literature ?
Is it the circumstance of being able and willing to resist temptation; or that of having no temptations to resist?
Because the prospect of present loss or advantage may often tempt the governing party in one or two States to swerve from good faith and justice; but those temptations, not reaching the other States, and consequently having little or no influence on the national government, the temptation will be fruitless, and good faith and justice be preserved.
If many of the demands of life in the monastery, which was near the capital and much frequented, did not please him and were temptations to him, they were all nullified by obedience: 'It is not for me to reason; my business is to do the task set me, whether it be standing beside the relics, singing in the choir, or making up accounts in the monastery guest-house.
The ordinary mass of us, thank God, pass through life without being exposed to other than ordinary temptations.
Were it not better for an Archbishop of His Church to walk in humility and poverty among His people, than to be ever surrounded with the temptations of fine clothing, jewels and much gold, to say nothing of two sumpter beasts heavy laden with runlets of wine?
Fortune may tempt men of no very bad dispositions to injustice; but insults proceed only from black and rancorous minds, and have no temptations to excuse them.
The Negro boy has obstacles, discouragements, and temptations to battle with that are little know to those not situated as he is.
Out of my own experience I know that we, who are the ministers of God's word, are beset by the same temptations that assail you," he declared.
Thoughts that had not entered her mind for years- thoughts of a life free from the fear of her father, and even the possibility of love and of family happiness- floated continually in her imagination like temptations of the devil.
Well may we hesitate to condemn the frailties of our fellow-creatures, for the one unanswerable reason that we can never feel sure how soon similar temptations may not lead us to be guilty of the same frailties ourselves.
The temptations of beauty are much dwelt upon, but I fancy they only bear the same relation to those of ugliness, as the temptation to excess at a feast, where the delights are varied for eye and ear as well as palate, bears to the temptations that assail the desperation of hunger.
Temptation was the topic they had hit upon, and from the few words I heard I made out that he was contending that temptation was temptation only when a man was seduced by it and fell.