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tempter

[temp-ter] /ˈtɛmp tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that tempts, especially to evil.
2.
the Tempter, Satan; the devil.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; tempt + -er1; replacing Middle English temptour < Old French temptere, temptëor < Late Latin temptātōr-, stem of temptātor tempter (to sin), Latin: one who makes an attempt; see tempt, -tor
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Tempter

/ˈtɛmptə/
noun
1.
the Tempter, Satan regarded as trying to lead men into sin
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tempter

n.

mid-14c., from Middle French tempteur (14c.), Old French *tempteor, from Latin temptatorem, agent noun from temptare (see tempt). Originally especially of the Devil.

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