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 for tempt
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tempt \Tempt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tempted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tempting.] [OE. tempten, tenten, from OF. tempter, tenter,
     F. tenter, fr. L. tentare, temptare, to handle, feel, attack,
     to try, put to the test, urge, freq. from tendere, tentum,
     and tensum, to stretch. See Thin, and cf. Attempt,
     Tend, Taunt, Tent a pavilion, Tent to probe.]
     1. To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try.
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              God did tempt Abraham.                --Gen. xxii.
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              Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God. --Deut. vi.
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     2. To lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what
        is wrong; to seduce.
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              Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his
              own lust, and enticed.                --James i. 14.
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     3. To endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite;
        to provoke; to instigate.
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              Tempt not the brave and needy to despair. --Dryden.
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              Nor tempt the wrath of heaven's avenging Sire.
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     4. To endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt.
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              Ere leave be given to tempt the nether skies.
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     Syn: To entice; allure; attract; decoy; seduce.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the
           delicious-looking food" [syn: tempt, allure]
      2: provoke someone to do something through (often false or
         exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into
         temptation" [syn: entice, lure, tempt]
      3: give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the
         window displays tempted the shoppers" [syn: tempt,
      4: induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him
         into giving her all his money" [syn: charm, influence,
      5: try to seduce
      6: try presumptuously; "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "tempt":
     allure, appeal, attract, bait, be attractive, becharm, beckon,
     bewitch, bring, cajole, captivate, carry, carry away, charm, coax,
     court, dare, decide, decoy, determine, dispose, draw in, draw on,
     enamor, endear, engage, enlist, enrapture, entice, entrap,
     fascinate, fetch, get to do, hold in thrall, incline, induce,
     infatuate, inflame with love, influence, interest, interest in,
     inveigle, invite, lead, lead on, lure, move, persuade, procure,
     prompt, provoke, rouse, seduce, solicit, summon, sway, tantalize,
     tease, tickle, titillate, train, vamp, whet the appetite, woo

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