Adjective "tempted" definition and examples

(Tempted may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/tɛm(p)t/

Definitions and examples

verb

Entice or try to entice (someone) to do something that they find attractive but know to be wrong or unwise.
  1. with object and infinitive 'jobs which involve entertaining may tempt you to drink more than you intend'
  2. 'Sometimes, he says, the bad spirits tempt him to do wrong.'
  3. 'They use low pricing to tempt people into drinking to excess.'
  4. 'Trips to country pubs, barbecues and parties often tempt people to drink alcohol when they would not otherwise normally do.'
  5. 'Christ was tempted, yet he could not sin.'
  6. 'I am really tempted to steal his drinks.'
  7. 'I was tempted to make fun of him.'
  8. 'When something goes wrong, you're just tempted to buy a new one.'
  9. 'Some clients were tempted to take out expensive loans to pay for private dental treatment.'
  10. 'You're always tempted to order pizza late at night.'
  11. 'I was nearly tempted to kill myself.'
  12. 'I was actually tempted to convince him to come back to the band.'
  13. 'Even smaller companies were tempted to reward clients with treats.'
  14. 'I am tempted to lower my standards and do shoddy work.'
  15. 'They were tempted to walk out halfway through the performance.'
  16. 'he was tempted out of retirement to save the team from relegation'
  17. 'They are tempting people in with the promise of exciting speakers or novelties.'
  18. 'Will the proposed financial and lifestyle benefits prove enough to tempt workers to a rural idyll?'
  19. 'The star has been tempted out of retirement for a special show.'
  20. 'On this island, the tasty cuisine tempts.'
  21. 'Alluring aromas tempt your taste buds as the baking cools.'
  22. 'The company is always looking to tempt users to replace their PCs when faster processors hit the market.'
  23. 'The firm tempted drivers to the town by offering attractive packages.'
  24. 'The champion had been tempted out of retirement for one last fight.'
  25. 'how is it that ye have agreed together, to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?'

More definitions

1. to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.

2. to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite: The offer tempts me.

3. to render strongly disposed to do something: The book tempted me to read more on the subject.

4. to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke: to tempt one's fate.

5. Obsolete. to try or test.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be tempted by papers."

"people can be tempted on occasions."

"people can be tempted in dates."

"people can be tempted by practices."

"people can be tempted."

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Origin

(tempt)Middle English: from Old French tempter ‘to test’, from Latin temptare ‘handle, test, try’.

Phrase

tempt fate (or providence)