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- n. Someone or something that tempts.
- n. A seducer, especially a man who seduces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who tempts or entices; especially, Satan, or the Devil, regarded as the great enticer to evil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who tempts; one who solicits or entices to evil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who tempts others
Our enemy the devil, the tempter is at the business of weakening and destroying believers.
We have heard what Christ has to say, to engage our affections to God and godliness, and one would think the whole world should go after him; but here we are told how industrious the tempter is to seduce unwary souls into the paths of sin, and with the most he gains his point, and
Christ; the tempter is foiled and bruised under their feet.
There are right-hand and left-hand errors, extremes on each side virtue; the tempter is busy courting us into the by-paths.
Considered together, both episodes anticipate the paschal mystery: Jesus' struggle with the tempter is the prelude to the great final duel of the passion, while the light of his transfigured body anticipates the glory of the resurrection.
When the tempter is a temptress, and really wants you to sin, she needs to be both available and willing.
Whoever was the tempter, that is not the thing; nor what the temptation.
Whether, as of old, the tempter was the woman, it is sure that, as of old, the eater was a man.
"Satan is called the tempter," Elsie went on, "and I fear that you are doing his work when you wilfully tempt another to sin."
(M8) The tempter was the devil — the antagonist of God — the evil power of the world — the principle of evil — a Satanic agency which Scripture, and all nations, in some form, have recognized.
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