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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tempt·ing, a. Adapted to entice or allure; attractive; alluring; seductive; enticing; as, tempting pleasures. -- Tempt*ing*ly, adv. -- Tempt*ing*ness, n.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tempt v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tempted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tempting.]
 1. To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try.
    God did tempt Abraham.   --Gen. xxii. 1.
    Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God.   --Deut. vi. 16.
 2. To lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce.
    Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   --James i. 14.
 3. To endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite; to provoke; to instigate.
    Tempt not the brave and needy to despair.   --Dryden.
    Nor tempt the wrath of heaven's avenging Sire.   --Pope.
 4. To endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt.
    Ere leave be given to tempt the nether skies.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- To entice; allure; attract; decoy; seduce.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire; "an
             alluring prospect"; "her alluring smile"; "the voice
             was low and beguiling"; "difficult to say no to an
             enticing advertisement"; "a tempting invitation" [syn:
              alluring, beguiling, enticing]
      2: very pleasantly inviting; "a tantalizing aroma"; "a tempting
         repast" [syn: tantalizing, tantalising]