Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of tempting or the condition of being tempted.
  • n. Something tempting or enticing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of tempting
  • n. The condition of being tempted.
  • n. Something attractive, tempting or seductive; an inducement or enticement.
  • n. Pressure applied to your thinking designed to create wrong emotions which will eventually lead to wrong actions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of tempting, or enticing to evil; seduction.
  • n. The state of being tempted, or enticed to evil.
  • n. That which tempts; an inducement; an allurement, especially to something evil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of testing or trying; trial. [Archaic.]
  • n. Enticement to evil, as by specious argument, flattery, or the offer of some real or apparent good.
  • n. The state of being tempted, or enticed to evil.
  • n. That which tempts, or entices to evil; an enticement; an allurement; any tempting or alluring object.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
  • n. something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
  • n. the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid

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Examples

  • Accordingly it was found that the poor old trot could say only, _Lead us into temptation, or Lead us not into no temptation_.

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  • When he gets close the temptation is there to horse him the last couple feet but don't.

    Several people have expressed interest in flyfishing.

  • Pope Benedict XVI, at an outdoor Mass in Ancona, Italy, prayed for victims and urged the world to resist what he called the "temptation toward hatred" and instead work for solidarity, justice and peace.

    Ceremonies around the world honor 9/11 victims

  • Whether it's a changing of seasons, or a great day, or a shitty day, or reuniting with old friends, the temptation is always there.

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  • Yes, the temptation is always there, but the discipline required to become an NBA player, the privilege and honor that goes with being an NBA player, prohibits you from ever crossing that line.

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  • The first temptation when it comes to budgeting is what we call the temptation of the false emergency.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2001

  • It was not with the hope of dying young that she wished to go and face death daily, but in the earnest desire to escape from what she called her temptation, and to regain that peace of mind which had been hers for a long time and now was gone.

    The White Sister

  • Christ's use of this sword in the temptation is our pattern as to how we are to wield it against Satan (Mt 4: 4, 7, 10).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • ANCONA, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI prayed on Sunday for the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and their loved ones and appealed to the world to resist what he called the "temptation toward hatred."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Pope Benedict XVI, at an outdoor Mass in Ancona, Italy, prayed for victims and urged the world to resist what he called the temptation toward hatred'' and instead work for solidarity, justice, and peace.

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