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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɛmp.tɪŋ/
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tempting (comparative more tempting, superlative most tempting)

  1. Attractive, appealing, enticing.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].
  2. Seductive, alluring, inviting.


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  1. present participle and gerund of tempt


tempting (plural temptings)

  1. The act of subjecting somebody to temptation.
    • 1646, William Bridge, On Temptation (sermon)
      If God doth suffer his own people and dearest children to be exposed to Satan's temptings and winnowings; Why should any man then doubt of his childship, doubt of his own everlasting condition, and say, that he is none of the child of God because he is tempted?