n. (fem. temptress)
1 a person who tempts.
2 (the Tempter) the Devil.
Etymology: ME f. OF tempteur f. eccl.L temptator -oris (as TEMPT)

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  • tempter — /temp teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that tempts, esp. to evil. 2. the Tempter, Satan; the devil. [1350 1400; TEMPT + ER1; r. ME temptour < OF temptere, temptëor < LL temptator , s. of temptator tempter (to sin), L: one who makes an attempt; see …   Universalium

  • tempter — tempt•er [[t]ˈtɛmp tər[/t]] n. 1) one that tempts, esp. to evil 2) rel the Tempter, Satan • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME temptour < OF temptere < LL temptātor tempter (to sin), L: one who attempts; see tempt, tor …   From formal English to slang

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