Definitions for: Temptation

[n] the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire; "his enticements were shameless"
[n] something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
[n] the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid; "he felt the temptation and his will power weakened"

Webster (1913) Definition: Temp*ta"tion, n. [OF. temptation, tentation, F.
tentation, L. tentatio.]
1. The act of tempting, or enticing to evil; seduction.

When the devil had ended all the temptation, he
departed from him for a season. --Luke iv. 13.

2. The state of being tempted, or enticed to evil.

Lead us not into temptation. --Luke xi. 4.

3. That which tempts; an inducement; an allurement,
especially to something evil.

Dare to be great, without a guilty crown; View it,
and lay the bright temptation down. --Dryden.

Synonyms: enticement, enticement

See Also: allurement, allurement, bait, blandishment, come-on, desire, forbidden fruit, hook, influence, influence, leading astray, leading off, lure, seduction, solicitation, sweetener, wheedling

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