tempter


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tempt

 (tĕmpt)
v. tempt·ed, tempt·ing, tempts
v.tr.
1. To try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward. See Synonyms at lure.
2. To be inviting or attractive to: A second helping tempted me. We refused the offer even though it tempted us.
3. To provoke or to risk provoking: Don't tempt fate.
4. To cause to be strongly disposed: He was tempted to walk out.
v.intr.
To be attractive or inviting: a meal that tempts.

[Middle English tempten, from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre, to feel, try.]

tempt′a·ble adj.
tempt′er n.

Tempter

(ˈtɛmptə)
n
(Theology) the Tempter Satan regarded as trying to lead men into sin

tempt•er

(ˈtɛmp tər)

n.
1. one that tempts, esp. to evil.
2. the Tempter, Satan.
[1350–1400; Middle English temptour < Old French temptere < Late Latin temptātor tempter (to sin), Latin: one who attempts; see tempt, -tor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tempter - a person who tempts otherstempter - a person who tempts others; "Satan is the great tempter of mankind"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"

tempter

noun
One that seduces:
Translations
مُغْرٍ، غاوٍ
-kapokušitel
fristerlokker
kísértõ
freistari
pokušiteľ
baştan çıkaran kimse

tempter

[ˈtemptəʳ] Ntentador m

tempter

nVersucher m, → Verführer m; the Tempter (Rel) → der Versucher

tempter

[tɛmptəʳ] ntentatore/trice

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.
References in classic literature ?
The pious atmosphere of the vicarage and the religious tone of the school had made Philip's conscience very sensitive; he absorbed insensibly the feeling about him that the Tempter was ever on the watch to gain his immortal soul; and though he was not more truthful than most boys he never told a lie without suffering from remorse.
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -- On this home by Horror haunted -- tell me truly, I implore -- Is there -- is there balm in Gilead?
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-- On this home by Horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore-- Is there--is there balm in Gilead?
On this, the generous girl, although not yet knowing the value of the object of the robbery, which was to be so well remunerated, had directed the tempter to the executioner, as the heir of the prisoner.
So gloz'd the Tempter, and his Proem tun'd; Into the Heart of EVE his words made way, Though at the voice much marveling; at length Not unamaz'd she thus in answer spake.
Such was the splendour; and the Tempter now His invitation earnestly renewed:-- "What doubts the Son of God to sit and eat?
No, seriously; I am in a fix,' continued the tempter.
The tempter merely lifted his eyebrows; but the whelp was obliged to go on.
Thrown out of his honourable employment in England, through too much unsuccessful hard swearing there--not because he was not wanted there; our English reasons for vaunting our superiority to secrecy and spies are of very modern date--he knew that he had crossed the Channel, and accepted service in France: first, as a tempter and an eavesdropper among his own countrymen there: gradually, as a tempter and an eavesdropper among the natives.
Let me remain, dear sir," he said, in conclusion--"let me remain in this blessed confinement, banished from the crimes of life, rather than purchase a show of freedom at the expense of the liberty of my reason, and at the future happiness which I now have in my view, but should then, I fear, quickly lose sight of; for I am but flesh; a man, a mere man; and have passions and affections as likely to possess and overthrow me as any man: Oh, be not my friend and tempter both together
Then she covered the tempter with a book, and another member of the kitchen cabinet got it.
I added even more, for I said, `Learn, my lord, that we gentlemen of France devote ourselves to our sovereigns by sacrificing for them our affections, as well as our fortunes and our lives; and whenever it may chance to happen that the tempter suggests one of those vile thoughts that set the heart on fire, we extinguish the flame, even if it has to be done by shedding our blood for the purpose.