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Another word for tempt

  1. To beguile or draw into a wrong or foolish course of action

      1. To attract or lead (someone) away from proper behavior or thinking:
      2. To induce (someone) to engage in sexual activity, as by flirting or persuasion.
      3. To entice into a different state or position:
      1. Something that tempts or attracts with the promise of pleasure or reward:
      2. An attraction or appeal:
      3. A decoy used in catching animals, especially an artificial bait used in catching fish.
      1. To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk:
      2. To obtain by cajolery:
      1. To attract (someone), usually to do something, by arousing hope, interest, or desire:
      1. To attract with something desirable; entice:
      2. To be highly, often subtly attractive:
      3. The power to attract; enticement.
  2. To behave so as to bring on (danger, for example)

      1. To incite to anger or resentment:
      2. To stir to action or feeling:
      3. To give rise to; bring about:
      1. To ask for the presence or participation of:
      2. To request formally:
      3. To welcome; encourage:
      1. An extent of open ground partially or completely enclosed by walls or buildings; a courtyard.
      2. A short street, especially a wide alley walled by buildings on three sides.
      3. A large open section of a building, often with a glass roof or skylight.
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Another word for tempt


Synonym Study

  • Seduce implies enticement to an improper or wrongful act, esp. to loss of chastity
  • Beguile suggests the use of subtly alluring devices in leading someone on beguiled by her sweet words
  • Decoy implies the use of deceptive appearances in luring into a trap artificial birds are used to decoy wild ducks
  • Inveigle suggests the use of deception or cajolery in enticing someone they inveigled him with false promises
  • Entice implies a crafty or skillful attracting by offering hope of reward or pleasure he enticed the squirrel to eat from his hand
  • Lure suggests an irresistible force, as desire, greed, or curiosity, in attracting someone, often to something harmful or evil lured on by false hopes
  • Tempt suggests the influence of a powerful attraction that tends to overcome scruples or judgment I'm tempted to accept your offer