A temptation is an act that looks appealing to an individual. It is usually used to describe acts with negative connotations and as such, tends to lead a person to
regretsuch actions, for various reasons: legal, social, psychological (including feeling guilt), health, economic, etc. Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss.
Though at present used in many non-religious connotations, the term has implications deeply rooted in
Christianity, starting with the story of Eve and the original sin. Many non-Western cultures had no precise equivalent until coming into contact with Europeans; for example, Jesuitmissionaries in Brazil, translating the Lord's Prayerinto Old Tupi, had to use the Portuguese word "tentação", since Tupi had no word expressing "temptation" in that sense (see Old Tupi language#Sample text).
"Temptation" is usually used in a loose sense to describe actions which indicate a lack of self control, such as
procrastinationor eating junk food. Temptation is a common recurring theme in world literature. Temptation has repercussions for even the strongest.
"Temptation" is something that allures, excites, and seduces someone.
Infatuationcan also lead to temptation as someone might do something for `love` in spite of his better judgement.
advertising, temptation is a theme common to many of the marketingand advertisingtechniques used to make products more attractive for purchase by consumers.
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