• (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 of tempt


tempting (plural temptings)

  1. The act of subjecting somebody to temptation.
    • (Can we date this quote by William Bridge and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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?