temptation - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. a strong feeling of wanting to have or to do something, especially something that is bad for you
    temptation to do something:

    The temptation to gamble is great, so he stays at home.

    give in/yield/succumb to (the) temptation (=get or do the thing that you want):

    She nearly gave in to the temptation to open the letter.

    resist the temptation to do something:

    I will resist the temptation to go into detail here.

    1. a.
      something that tempts you

      The streets of London have many temptations for young people.