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[temp-tris] /ˈtɛmp trɪs/
a woman who tempts, entices, or allures.
Origin of temptress
1585-95; tempt(e)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Who set you on as decoy and temptress, and what reward did you receive?

    Out of a Labyrinth Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Then you are nothing, less than nothing; you are the temptress, the mistress!

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • The subtitles fairly hissed to the sibilant swishing of such words as traitress, temptress, tigress and sorceress.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • “If you think how to get by them, Herbert, you can,” urged the temptress.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • They wanted food and rayment, so they took Religion for their temptress and their cook.

  • One would suppose that she is the temptress, and man is the victim.

  • The temptress, never once doubting her power, smiled most bewitchingly, her hands eloquent.

    Beth Norvell Randall Parrish
  • Maximilian thought of that other empire, which that other temptress exacted of him.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
British Dictionary definitions for temptress


a woman who sets out to allure or seduce a man or men; seductress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for temptress

1590s, from tempter + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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