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Temptation

635. Temptation

  1. apple as fruit of the tree of knowledge in Eden, has come to epitomize temptation. [O.T.: Genesis 3:17; Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost ]
  2. forbidden fruit God prohibits eating from Tree of Knowledge. [O.T.: Genesis 2:1617]
  3. Potiphars wife tried to induce Joseph to lie with her. [O.T.: Gen. 39]
  4. quince symbol of temptation [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
  5. Satan offers world to Jesus in exchange for His obeisance. [N.T.: Matthew 4:811]
  6. serpent coaxes Eve to eat forbidden fruit. [O.T.: Genesis 3:15]
  7. Zuleika name given in Arabian legend to Potiphars wife, who vainly tempted Joseph. [Arab. Legend: Benét, 1117]

Terror (See HORROR .)

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temptation

temp·ta·tion / tem(p)ˈtāshən/ • n. a desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise: he resisted the temptation to call Celia at the office | we almost gave in to temptation. ∎  a thing or course of action that attracts or tempts someone: the temptations of life in New York. ∎  (the Temptation) the tempting of Jesus by the Devil (see Matt. 4).

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