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1. tempt

verb. ['ˈtɛmpt'] provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion.

Synonyms

  • lure
  • decoy
  • entice
  • tweedle
  • snare
  • lead on
  • stimulate
  • hook
  • seduce
  • bait
  • provoke
  • call

Antonyms

  • de-energise
  • de-energize
  • stifle
  • undercharge

Etymology

  • tempter (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • temptare (Latin)

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Rhymes with Tempt

  • unkempt
  • exempt

Sentences with tempt


1. Verb, base form
Leaving a ladder open may tempt a shopper or child to climb the ladder.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Southern foods like succotash, smoked barbecue and old-style candies and pastries tempt the taste buds.

Quotes about tempt


1. Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

3. Knowing was a temptation. What you don't know won't tempt you.
- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

2. tempt

verb. ['ˈtɛmpt'] dispose or incline or entice to.

Synonyms

  • bid
  • invite
  • appeal
  • attract

Antonyms

  • unfasten
  • unhook
  • bore
  • demobilize

Etymology

  • tempter (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • temptare (Latin)

3. tempt

verb. ['ˈtɛmpt'] induce into action by using one's charm.

Synonyms

  • charm
  • mesmerize
  • mesmerise
  • persuade
  • influence
  • magnetise
  • magnetize
  • bewitch

Antonyms

  • depress
  • desensitise
  • desensitize
  • deaden

Etymology

  • tempter (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • temptare (Latin)

4. tempt

verb. ['ˈtɛmpt'] give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting.

Synonyms

  • stimulate
  • stir
  • invite
  • shake
  • shake up

Antonyms

  • put option
  • contraindicate
  • unattractiveness
  • stimulate

Etymology

  • tempter (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • temptare (Latin)

5. tempt

verb. ['ˈtɛmpt'] try presumptuously.

Antonyms

  • straight line

Etymology

  • tempter (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • temptare (Latin)

6. tempt

verb. ['ˈtɛmpt'] try to seduce.

Synonyms

  • sex
  • wind up
  • turn on
  • arouse

Antonyms

  • dispose
  • indispose
  • powerlessness
  • demagnetise

Etymology

  • tempter (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • temptare (Latin)
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