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temptation

noun uk   /tempˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
B2 [C or U] the wish to do or have something that you know you should not do or have: [+ to infinitive] As a young actress, she managed to resist the temptation to move to Hollywood. [C] something that makes you want to do or have something that you know you should not: He knew it was wrong to steal, but the money just lying there was too great a temptation.
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