Temptation is something you want to have or to do, even though you know you shouldn't. That bag of peanut butter cups on top of your fridge might be an example of a temptation.

The thing that you want despite knowing it's not good for you — like the cool sneakers you really can't afford — is a temptation. The feeling is also a temptation — so wanting those shoes is temptation. The Latin word temptare, or to taste, is where temptation comes from, which makes a lot of sense when you think of that bag of peanut butter cups calling to you from the kitchen.

Definitions of temptation
  1. noun
    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
    synonyms: enticement
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    blandishment, wheedling
    the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery
    leading astray, leading off
    the act of enticing others into sinful ways
    enticing someone astray from right behavior
    allurement, solicitation
    the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)
    ingratiation, insinuation
    the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments
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    causing something without any direct or apparent effort
  2. noun
    the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid
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    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  3. noun
    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
    synonyms: enticement
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    forbidden fruit
    originally an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden; it is now used to refer to anything that is tempting but dangerous (as sexuality)
    bait, come-on, hook, lure, sweetener
    anything that serves as an enticement
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    a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
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