Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward. synonym: lure.
  • intransitive verb To be inviting or attractive to.
  • intransitive verb To provoke or to risk provoking.
  • intransitive verb To cause to be strongly disposed.
  • intransitive verb To be attractive or inviting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An attempt.
  • To put to trial; try; test; put to the test.
  • To entice; attract; allure; invite; induce; incline; dispose; incite.
  • To incite or entice to evil; entice to something wrong by presenting arguments that are plausible or convincing, or by the offer of some pleasure or apparent advantage as the inducement; seduce.
  • To provoke; defy; act presumptuously toward.
  • To attempt; endeavor to do, accomplish, or reach; venture on.
  • Synonyms and To lure, inveigle, decoy, bait, bribe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try.
  • transitive verb To lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce.
  • transitive verb To endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite; to provoke; to instigate.
  • transitive verb To endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.
  • verb transitive To attract; to allure.
  • verb transitive To provoke something; to court.

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

  • verb give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
  • verb dispose or incline or entice to
  • verb induce into action by using one's charm
  • verb try presumptuously
  • verb provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  • verb try to seduce

Etymologies

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

[Middle English tempten, from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre, to feel, try.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French tempter (French: tenter), from Latin temptare, more correctly tentare ("to handle, touch, try, test, tempt"), frequentative of tenere ("to hold"). Displaced native Old English costning ("temptation").

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Examples

  • 16 Disappointment might urge the flatterer to secret revenge; and the first glance of favor might again tempt him to suspend and suppress a libel, 17 in which the Roman Cyrus is degraded into an odious and contemptible tyrant, in which both the emperor and his consort Theodora are seriously represented as two daemons, who had assumed a human form for the destruction of mankind.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Delays in product recalls tempt tragedyThe Los Angeles Times Mega Brands agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million last week in connection with a defective toy that caused the death of a toddler.

    This week in safety: Power on (safely), dude

  • Delays in product recalls tempt tragedyThe Los Angeles Times Mega Brands agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million last week in connection with a defective toy that caused the death of a toddler.

    This week in safety: Power on (safely), dude

  • These labels tempt children with free gifts and seduce them to be loyal consumers of a particular product.

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  • These labels tempt children with free gifts and seduce them to be loyal consumers of a particular product.

    Trans Fats

  • These labels tempt children with free gifts and seduce them to be loyal consumers of a particular product.

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  • _I answer that, _ Properly speaking, to tempt is to test the person tempted.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • For to tempt is to make an experiment, which is not done save in regard to something unknown.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • Web is haven for student plagiarism | Record labels tempt iTunes users

    ENN.ie

  • By "tempt" I mean "when we were in New York and taking the train out to Sunnybrook, we went by a number of stations that had X3 posters, and I was tempted to get off and steal one of the Wolvie ones and if I'd seen a Rogue one I think I might actually have done it", so while there is no earthly need for a 4x6 poster, I, er, bid on it anyway.

    terrible geek

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