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[temp-tey-shuh n] /tɛmpˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.
something that tempts, entices, or allures.
the fact or state of being tempted, especially to evil.
an instance of this.
(initial capital letter) the temptation of Christ by Satan. Matt. 4.
1175-1225; Middle English temptacion < Latin temptātiōn- (stem of temptātiō) a testing. See tempt, -ation
Related forms
temptational, adjective
nontemptation, noun
pretemptation, noun
supertemptation, noun
1. lure, attraction, pull, seduction, inducement. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for temptation
  • Sometimes there is a temptation to ignore, work around, or race ahead of those professionals.
  • Scientists generally resist the temptation to project human emotions on animals.
  • Resist the temptation to intervene in disputes outside your expertise.
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  • Resist the temptation to lean on the walls or touch rock art.
  • But failing to blind the coders opens a world of temptation that clearly should stay closed.
  • Nor are captives likely to suffer moral hazard-the temptation not to prevent or contain a loss.
  • The challenge of working at a travel magazine is resisting the constant temptation to travel.
  • At these prices, there's plenty of temptation for people to take advantage of the dead.
British Dictionary definitions for temptation


the act of tempting or the state of being tempted
a person or thing that tempts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for temptation

early 13c., from Old French temptation (12c., Modern French tentation), from Latin temptationem (nominative temptatio), from past participle stem of temptare (see tempt).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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temptation in the Bible

(1.) Trial; a being put to the test. Thus God "tempted [Gen. 22: 1; R.V., 'did prove'] Abraham;" and afflictions are said to tempt, i.e., to try, men (James 1:2, 12; comp. Deut. 8:2), putting their faith and patience to the test. (2.) Ordinarily, however, the word means solicitation to that which is evil, and hence Satan is called "the tempter" (Matt. 4:3). Our Lord was in this way tempted in the wilderness. That temptation was not internal, but by a real, active, subtle being. It was not self-sought. It was submitted to as an act of obedience on his part. "Christ was led, driven. An unseen personal force bore him a certain violence is implied in the words" (Matt. 4:1-11). The scene of the temptation of our Lord is generally supposed to have been the mountain of Quarantania (q.v.), "a high and precipitous wall of rock, 1,200 or 1,500 feet above the plain west of Jordan, near Jericho." Temptation is common to all (Dan. 12:10; Zech. 13:9; Ps. 66:10; Luke 22:31, 40; Heb. 11:17; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:7; 4:12). We read of the temptation of Joseph (Gen. 39), of David (2 Sam. 24; 1 Chr. 21), of Hezekiah (2 Chr. 32:31), of Daniel (Dan. 6), etc. So long as we are in this world we are exposed to temptations, and need ever to be on our watch against them.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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