• WordNet 3.6
    • n temptation the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire "his enticements were shameless"
    • n temptation something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
    • n temptation the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid "he felt the temptation and his will power weakened"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Temptation That which tempts; an inducement; an allurement, especially to something evil. "Dare to be great, without a guilty crown;
      View it, and lay the bright temptation down."
    • Temptation The act of tempting, or enticing to evil; seduction. "When the devil had ended all the temptation , he departed from him for a season."
    • Temptation The state of being tempted, or enticed to evil. "Lead us not into temptation ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n temptation The act of testing or trying; trial. [Archaic.]
    • n temptation Enticement to evil, as by specious argument, flattery, or the offer of some real or apparent good.
    • n temptation The state of being tempted, or enticed to evil.
    • n temptation That which tempts, or entices to evil; an enticement; an allurement; any tempting or alluring object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Temptation act of tempting: state of being tempted: that which tempts: enticement to evil: trial
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.”
  • Jean Anouilh
    “Saintliness is also a temptation.”
  • Joey Adams
    Joey Adams
    “Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.”
  • Orlando A. Battista
    Orlando A. Battista
    “Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. temptation, tentation, F. tentation, L. tentatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tempter (Fr. tenter)—L. tentāre, an inten. of tendĕre, to stretch.


In literature:

Their punishment was necessary, but who could forget their temptation?
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
No temptation is greater, sometimes, for the man alone than to ignore or break such a rule.
"To My Younger Brethren" by Handley C. G. Moule
But another temptation waited him.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
The soul's atmosphere is the daily trial, circumstance, and temptation of the world.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
How could they measure the strength of the temptation which had beset her?
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
There is a strong temptation to this, in the facility with which licenses and diplomas may be obtained.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
The temptation to treat our fellow-men with indifference, like all temptations, is a delusion and leads to our destruction.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
And then, barely six months later, an elegant Parisian count presented a temptation too great to be resisted.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I might mention a number of temptations which come to the journalist, but I shall content myself with a few.
"The Price of a Soul" by William Jennings Bryan
In the temptations that befall her relatives abroad, she is not present.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey

In poetry:

Ghosts of dear temptations, heed;
I am frail, be you forgiving.
See you not that I have need
To be living with the living?
"Rainy Night" by Dorothy Parker
Miss Gee knelt down in the side-aisle,
She knelt down on her knees;
'Lead me not into temptation
But make me a good girl, please.'
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
Before he suffer pride that swells,
He'll drag thee through the mire
Of sins, temptations, little hells;
Thy Husband saves by fire.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Thrice happy they, whose heav'nly shield
Secures their souls from harms,
And fell Temptation on the field
Of all its pow'r disarms!
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
Turn to him in all temptations,
He will help and he will save.
When you feel your courage failing,
He will make you strong and brave.
"Breakers" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Then, be thou ware, frail creature! watch and pray;
Thou hast no stores, but only manna given;
Go, flee temptation at the gates of heaven,
And humbly ask thy daily bread to-day.
"Warning" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Weeks later, I wondered, how do you resist the temptation to make purchases on your card when there's no emergency.
Robert Johnson, the Black Keys, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Queen, the Beatles, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations.
Resist the temptation to get a new phone the moment your contract expires.
Can they survive the temptations of the spotlight.
When the Christian rock band Knuckle Sandwich hits the big time, this group of once close friends faces temptations and other trappings of fame.
In a world filled with temptations large and small, we need God's strength to just say no.
We can say "no" to temptations too.
There are temptations abound in a grocery store, and unlike other stores, it's reasonable to convince yourself that you 'need' these things, Hamm writes.
Enjoy original Motown classics from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
Invisible chef turns tacos into tasty temptations at Off the Hook Gourmet Tacos.
On Saturday evening, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg weighed in on the temptation to surf the Hurricane Sandy swell during his national press conference and storm update for the city.
A Stanford psychologist offers answers for those who want to resist the temptation of their gadgets.
Glenn Leonard, former lead singer from The Temptations, brings his nationally touring Motown review, Hitsville Live, to The Legacy Theatre Friday, Nov 16.
Ease the Temptation to Tease .
The Temptation of St Tony.

In science:

Why is this the right type of weight? Intuitively, one of the main sources of correlations between independent sets is the temptation to occupy low-degree vertices.
Independent sets in random graphs from the weighted second moment method
This is analogous to the situation for k -SAT, where satisfying assignments are correlated because of the temptation to give each variable the truth value that agrees with the ma jority of its literals in the formula.
Independent sets in random graphs from the weighted second moment method
At first glance, there is a temptation for considering global estimates because the use of a superset X ∗ is in favor of accurate reconstruction.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction
The temptation (see ) is to set the second term to zero, and notice that h(z) is the sum of positive terms, and thus conclude that dλ dz > 0.
Comment on ``Constraints on the strength of primordial B-fields from big bang nucleosynthesis reexamined''
He said that in the absence of such evidence the temptation to quantize fields must be resisted .
To quantize or not to quantize gravity ?