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tempt

[tempt] /tɛmpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
2.
to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite:
The offer tempts me.
3.
to render strongly disposed to do something:
The book tempted me to read more on the subject.
4.
to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke:
to tempt one's fate.
5.
Obsolete. to try or test.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Latin temptāre to probe, feel, test, tempt
Related forms
temptable, adjective
pretempt, verb (used with object)
self-tempted, adjective
supertempt, verb (used with object)
untemptable, adjective
untempted, adjective
Synonyms
1. Tempt, seduce may both mean to allure or entice to something unwise or wicked. To tempt is to attract by holding out the probability of gratification or advantage, often in the direction of that which is wrong or unwise: to tempt a man with a bribe. To seduce is literally to lead astray, sometimes from that which absorbs one or demands attention, but oftener, in a moral sense, from rectitude, chastity, etc.: to seduce a person away from loyalty. 2. inveigle, induce, lure, incite, persuade.
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British Dictionary definitions for temptable

tempt

/tɛmpt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise
2.
to allure, invite, or attract
3.
to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; dispose their unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party
4.
to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)
Derived Forms
temptable, adjective
tempter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre to test
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Word Origin and History for temptable
tempt
early 13c., from O.Fr. tempter (12c.), from L. temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test." Tempting in the sense of "inviting" is from 1590s; temptress is from 1590s.
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