1540–50; tempt + -ing2

temptingly, adverb
temptingness, noun
untempting, adjective
untemptingly, adverb

attractive, alluring, seductive.

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verb (used with object)
to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite: The offer tempts me.
to render strongly disposed to do something: The book tempted me to read more on the subject.
to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke: to tempt one's fate.
Obsolete. to try or test.

1175–1225; Middle English < Latin temptāre to probe, feel, test, tempt

temptable, adjective
pretempt, verb (used with object)
self-tempted, adjective
supertempt, verb (used with object)
untemptable, adjective
untempted, adjective

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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tempt (tɛmpt)
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)
[C13: from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre to test]

tempting (ˈtɛmptɪŋ)
attractive or inviting: a tempting meal

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
It's tempting to view the world as a collection of species perfectly adapted to
  living together.
The shabby chic table opposite, for instance, is in my zip code range and
  seriously tempting.
We give them all kinds of tempting test-kitchen food scraps to make their eggs
  more luscious.
Nursery pansies are tempting me seriously this year, too.
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