Definition of temptation in English:


Syllabification: temp·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /tem(p)ˈtāSHən


  • 1A desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise: he resisted the temptation to call Celia at the office we almost gave in to temptation
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    • So James tells us where we must look for the source of our temptations to do wrong.
    • This division causes man to feel a dual temptation, the desire to rise to God and the downward pull of Satan.
    • In other words, once we are in heaven with all the saints, all temptations and all desires for sin will be done away with.
    desire, urge, itch, impulse, inclination
  • 1.1A thing or course of action that attracts or tempts someone: the temptations of life in New York
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    • I have in the past succumbed to temptation, lured by attractive coloured labels.
    • Stripped of our comforts and distractions, we continue to face our strongest temptations.
    • From furniture to fashion, the wide array of stalls offer great temptations to those with a discerning taste.
    lure, allurement, enticement, seduction, attraction, draw, pull; siren songallure, appeal, attraction, fascination
  • 1.2 (the Temptation) The tempting of Jesus by the Devil (see Matt. 4).


Middle English: from Old French temptacion, from Latin temptatio(n-), from temptare 'handle, test, try'.

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