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Definition 1: the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire - [noun denoting act]

Samples where temptation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his enticements were shameless

Synonyms for temptation in the sense of this definition

(temptation is a kind of ...) causing something without any direct or apparent effort

(... is a kind of temptation ) the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery

(... is a kind of temptation ) the act of enticing others into sinful ways

(... is a kind of temptation ) enticing someone astray from right behavior

(... is a kind of temptation ) the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)

Definition 2: something that seduces or has the quality to seduce - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for temptation in the sense of this definition

(temptation is a kind of ...) a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

"her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"

(... is a kind of temptation ) originally an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden; it is now used to refer to anything that is tempting but dangerous (as sexuality)

(... is a kind of temptation ) anything that serves as an enticement

(... is a kind of temptation ) attractiveness

"its allurement was its remoteness"

Definition 3: the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where temptation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he felt the temptation and his will power weakened

(temptation is a kind of ...) the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

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