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And lead us not into temptation, but deliver
us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and
the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
--Matthew 6:13

"The demons, therefore, if they see all Christians, and monks especially, labouring cheerfully and advancing, first make an attack by temptation and place hindrances to hamper our way, to wit, evil thoughts."--the The Temptation of St. Anthony as told in the Vita Antonii by Athanasius of Alexandria

The Temptation of St. Anthony detail from the Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald
The Temptation of St. Anthony detail from the Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald

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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 regret such 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.

"Temptation" is usually used in a loose sense to describe actions which indicate a lack of self control, such as procrastination or 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. Infatuation can also lead to temptation as someone might do something for `love` in spite of their better judgement.

In advertising, temptation is a theme common to many of the marketing and advertising techniques used to make products more attractive for purchase by consumers.

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.

"I can resist anything except temptation" - Oscar Wilde

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