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tempting

[temp-ting] /ˈtɛmp tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that tempts; enticing or inviting.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; tempt + -ing2
Related forms
temptingly, adverb
temptingness, noun
untempting, adjective
untemptingly, adverb
Synonyms
attractive, alluring, seductive.
Antonyms
repellent.

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; 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 tempting

tempting

/ˈtɛmptɪŋ/
adjective
1.
attractive or inviting: a tempting meal
Derived Forms
temptingly, adverb
temptingness, noun

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 tempting
adj.

"inviting," 1590s, present participle adjective from tempt (v.). Related: Temptingly.

tempt

v.

early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test." Related: Tempted; tempting.

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