tempt etymology

English word tempt comes from Latin tempto, Latin tenere (Tenderly, lovingly.)

Detailed word origin of tempt

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tempto Latin (lat) I handle, touch. I test the strength; I make an attack upon. I test, try, attempt. I urge, incite, rouse.
tenere Latin (lat) Tenderly, lovingly.
tempter Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To tempt; to act as a temptation.
tempten Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) To tempt.
tempt English (eng) (transitive) To attract; to allure.. (transitive) To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.. (transitive) To provoke something; to court.