tempt


tempt
01. It is really [tempting] to have another piece of cake, but I shouldn't.
02. The little boy tried to [tempt] the kitten out of the bushes by holding out a piece of food.
03. Bong-Cha was [tempted] to quit her job, and go travelling with her friends, but decided she couldn't really afford it.
04. The government has announced a major campaign to [tempt] foreign businesses to invest in the country.
05. It is hard to resist the [temptation] to buy a new car, but a used vehicle is much cheaper in the long run.
06. The [temptation] to cheat on his wife was too great for Augustin, and he ended up having an affair with a colleague.
07. We've been very [tempted] to sell our house with prices so high these days.
08. Housing prices are [temptingly] low this month.
09. Maja's offer to go dancing is certainly [tempting], but I think I'd better work on my essay tonight.
10. An old proverb notes that good habits result from resisting [temptation].
11. Bruce Barton once said "When I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am [tempted] to think there are no little things."
12. Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed that there are always difficulties arising that [tempt] you to believe your critics are right.
13. Henry Louis Mencken once suggested that every normal man must be [tempted] at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
14. Mark Twain once noted that there are several good protections against [temptation], but the surest is cowardice.
15. Chocolate was once considered a [temptation] of the devil.
16. Women are a particularly [tempting] market for the tobacco industry now because only 7 percent of women in developing countries smoke, compared with 48 percent of men.

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  • tempt — S3 [tempt] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: tempter, tenter, from Latin temptare, tentare to feel, try, tempt ] 1.) to try to persuade someone to do something by making it seem attractive tempt sb into doing sth ▪ The new program is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tempt — [ tempt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) often passive to make you want to do or have something, especially something that is not good for you: The store windows were lit invitingly, tempting the late shoppers. Do you want another drink? I m tempted. be …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tempt — Tempt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tempted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tempting}.] [OE. tempten, tenten, from OF. tempter, tenter, F. tenter, fr. L. tentare, temptare, to handle, feel, attack, to try, put to the test, urge, freq. from tendere, tentum, and tensum …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tempt´er — tempt «tehmpt», transitive verb. 1. to make or try to make (a person) do something: »The sight of the food tempted the hungry man to steal. SYNONYM(S): lure, inveigle, decoy. 2. to appeal strongly to; attract: »That candy tempts me. SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • tempt — ► VERB 1) entice (someone) to do something against their better judgement. 2) (be tempted to do) have an urge or inclination to do. 3) attract; charm. ● tempt fate (or providence) Cf. ↑tempt providence …   English terms dictionary

  • tempt — interj. = timpt 1: Tame akies mirksnyje tempt jį už apykaklės, jis drioks aukštynelkas TS1904,4(Vaižg) …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • tempt — [tempt] vt. [ME tempten < OFr tempter < LL(Ec) temptare < L, to try the strength of, urge < IE * temp : see TEMPER] 1. Archaic to test; try 2. to try to persuade; induce or entice, esp. to something immoral or sensually pleasurable 3 …   English World dictionary

  • tempt — index bait (lure), cajole, coax, entice, entrap, interest, inveigle, lure, motivate …   Law dictionary

  • tempt — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. tempter (12c.), from L. temptare to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test. Related: Tempted; tempting in the sense of inviting is from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • tempt — v. allure, entice, tantalize, seduce …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tempt — entice, inveigle, *lure, decoy, seduce Analogous words: allure, *attract: *invite, solicit, court, woo: *induce, persuade, prevail, get …   New Dictionary of Synonyms