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Meaning of “temptation” in the English Dictionary

"temptation" in British English

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temptationnoun

uk   us   /tempˈteɪ.ʃən/
B2 [C or U] the ​wish to do or have something that you ​know you should not do or have: [+ to infinitive] As a ​youngactress, she resisted the temptation tomove 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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(Definition of temptation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"temptation" in American English

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temptationnoun [C/U]

 us   /tempˈteɪ·ʃən/
the ​desire to have or do something, esp. something ​wrong, or something that ​causes this ​desire: [U] It’s not ​easy to ​resist temptation. [C] Ice ​cream is always a ​real temptation for me.
(Definition of temptation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “temptation”
in Arabic إغْراء…
in Korean 유혹…
in Portuguese tentação…
in Catalan temptació…
in Japanese 誘惑, 衝動…
in Chinese (Simplified) 引诱, 诱惑, 很有诱惑力的事物…
in Turkish karşıkonulamaz istek, şeytana uyma, tahrik…
in Russian соблазн, искушение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 引誘, 誘惑, 很有誘惑力的事物…
in Italian tentazione…
in Polish pokusa…
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