tantalizing

adjective
tan·​ta·​liz·​ing | \ˈtan-tə-ˌlī-ziŋ \

Definition of tantalizing 

: possessing a quality that arouses or stimulates desire or interest also : mockingly or teasingly out of reach

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tantalizingly adverb

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Mars is much less geologically active than Earth, and so its interior is closer to being in its original state — a tantalizing time capsule. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Mars revisited: NASA spacecraft days away from risky landing," 21 Nov. 2018 Discord is a tantalizing asset for any number of the strategic players who envision at least some future in gaming — and most of the global heavyweights do. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Who could buy Discord? Acquirers have been giving the gaming startup a long look.," 21 Nov. 2018 Companies are racing to show us tantalizing visions of a future with AVs. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Ikea’s Space10 imagines the future of self-driving cars," 17 Sep. 2018 This tantalizing tidbit requires a bit of background. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Graphene," 13 Aug. 2018 But the very existence of 13 women who were proven to be as fit for space as the first American astronauts sent there poses a tantalizing question about what could have been. Kat Eschner, Outside Online, "One Small Step for a Woman, One Giant Leap for Mankind," 27 Apr. 2018 But in a draft still short on certainty, Darnold seems to be entrenching himself atop the board by putting his winning yet unassuming personality and tantalizing play-making ability on display. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Sam Darnold shines for teams atop NFL draft during rainy USC pro day," 21 Mar. 2018 Luka Doncic would receive heavy consideration here, but Ayton’s star potential, tantalizing athletic ability and floor-spacing promise will be hard to pass up. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Trae Young Continues His Upward Climb," 12 Feb. 2018 But once a rendering is close to being fully fleshed out, it can then be transferred to VR — which offers some tantalizing architectural possibilities. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "How architects are using virtual reality to walk through buildings that don't yet exist," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of tantalizing

circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tantalizing was circa 1683

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