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tempt (v.)

c. 1200, of the devil, flesh, etc., "draw or entice to evil or sin, lure (someone) from God's law; be alluring or seductive," from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test," a variant of tentare "handle, touch, try, test." The Latin alteration is "explainable only as an ancient error due to some confusion" [Century Dictionary]. From late 14c. as "to provoke, defy" (God, fate, etc.). Related: Tempted; tempting.

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Definitions of tempt from WordNet

tempt (v.)
dispose or incline or entice to;
We were tempted by the delicious-looking food
Synonyms: allure
tempt (v.)
provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion;
Synonyms: entice / lure
tempt (v.)
give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting;
the window displays tempted the shoppers
Synonyms: invite
tempt (v.)
induce into action by using one's charm;
Synonyms: charm / influence
tempt (v.)
try to seduce;
tempt (v.)
try presumptuously;
St. Anthony was tempted in the desert
From wordnet.princeton.edu