Definition of Tempt

1. Verb. Dispose or incline or entice to. "They tempt him to write the letter"; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"

Exact synonyms: Allure
Generic synonyms: Bid, Invite
Entails: Appeal, Attract
Derivative terms: Allure, Allurement, Allurement, Temptable, Temptation, Tempter



2. Verb. Provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion. "They tempt him to write the letter"; "He lured me into temptation"
Exact synonyms: Entice, Lure
Specialized synonyms: Hook, Snare, Seduce, Call, Stool, Lead On, Tweedle, Decoy, Bait
Generic synonyms: Provoke, Stimulate
Derivative terms: Enticement, Enticement, Enticement, Lure, Lure, Lure, Temptable, Temptation, Tempter

3. Verb. Give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting. "The window displays tempted the shoppers"
Exact synonyms: Invite
Generic synonyms: Excite, Shake, Shake Up, Stimulate, Stir
Derivative terms: Invitation, Temptable, Temptation, Tempter

4. Verb. Induce into action by using one's charm. "They tempt him to write the letter"; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
Exact synonyms: Charm, Influence
Generic synonyms: Persuade
Specialized synonyms: Bewitch, Magnetise, Magnetize, Mesmerise, Mesmerize, Spellbind
Derivative terms: Charm, Influence, Influence, Influence, Temptable, Temptation, Tempter

5. Verb. Try to seduce.
Generic synonyms: Arouse, Excite, Sex, Turn On, Wind Up
Derivative terms: Temptable, Tempter

6. Verb. Try presumptuously. "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"
Generic synonyms: Persuade
Derivative terms: Temptable, Tempter

Definition of Tempt

1. v. t. To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try.

Definition of Tempt

1. Verb. (transitive) To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To attract; to allure. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To provoke something; to court. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tempt

1. to entice to commit an unwise or immoral act [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tempt

temporoparietal
temporoparietal muscle
temporoparietalis muscle
temporopontine
temporopontine tract
temporosphenoid
temporozygomatic
temporozygomatic suture
tempory
tempos
tempostabile
tempranillo
tempre
temps
temps utile
tempt (current term)
tempt fate
temptability
temptable
temptation
temptationless
temptations
temptatious
tempted
tempter
tempters
tempteth
tempting
temptingly
temptingness

Literary usage of Tempt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by American Committee of Revision (1881)
"7 Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the 8 Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, ..."

2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, Alexander Pope (1760)
"... (for Jove's command I bear) Forbids to tempt the wrath of heav'n too far. duce him to any ... tempt ..."

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