Definition of temptation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    temptation

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//tempˈteɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tempˈteɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the desire to do or have something that you know is bad or wrong the temptation of easy profits to give way to/yield to temptation I couldn't resist the temptation to open the letter. Don't put temptation in her way by offering her a cigarette.
  2. 2[countable] a thing that makes somebody want to do or have something that they know is bad or wrong An expensive bicycle is a temptation to thieves.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French temptacion, from Latin temptatio(n-), from temptare ‘handle, test, try’.Extra examples Keep your valuables locked away so as not to put temptation in the way of thieves. Don’t give in to temptation. Don’t put temptation in her way by offering her a cigarette. I couldn’t resist the temptation to open the letter. The temptation of easy profits was too much for them.
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