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tempting

[temp-ting] /ˈtɛmp tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that tempts; enticing or inviting.
Origin of tempting
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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  • It was romantic in some of its aspects, and it was tempting to the forlorn young creature.

    They Looked and Loved Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
  • It was tempting, and although it had a peculiar odour, she swallowed it.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • Then Jane came with a tempting breakfast, and fed her with wonderful gentleness, it seemed to him.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • But I cannot linger upon this at present, tempting although it be.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • I have passed the most tempting and delicate things to you and you always refuse.

    The Texan Star Joseph A. Altsheler
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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