tantalizing

adjective
tan·​ta·​liz·​ing | \ ˈtan-tə-ˌlī-ziŋ How to pronounce tantalizing (audio) \

Definition of tantalizing

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

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Other Words from tantalizing

tantalizingly adverb

Examples of tantalizing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Victorian metaphors are tantalizing, with cosseted elites at home baking bread as labor outside is ruthlessly exploited. Amy Herzog, New York Times, "How a Game With My Daughter Helped Us Cope With Quarantine and the Past," 20 May 2020 For most diseases, these immune responses help protect patients from future infections by the same pathogen—a tantalizing possibility researchers are now actively investigating for SARS-CoV-2. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Breaking Down the Two Tests That Could Help Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic," 7 Apr. 2020 The earnest yet antic practicalities of daily work, involving ladders and valves and pride and humiliation, unfold at a tantalizing, exquisitely agonizing pace. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: The 1978 Film That Inspired Robert Redford to Found Sundance," 1 Apr. 2020 New mystery While the key objective is to save the church from structural degradation or potential collapse, the digs have generated tantalizing mysteries, including the discovery of at least one and possibly two coffins. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo burials to be exhumed to help save historic church in downtown San Antonio," 26 Apr. 2020 With both the tantalizing Chinese data and the modeling pointing towards famotidine, a low-cost, generally safe drug, Callahan contacted Tracey about running a double-blind randomized study. Brendan Borrell, Science | AAAS, "New York clinical trial quietly tests heartburn remedy against coronavirus," 26 Apr. 2020 On a warm, tantalizing spring day, with temperatures rising into the 70s and 80s and Bay Area residents restless after more than a month of sheltering in place, many of them couldn’t resist the temptation. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus challenge: Warm weather lures Bay Area residents to region’s parks," 25 Apr. 2020 Last week scientists announced tantalizing findings that point toward one possible solution, but the data fall short of a definitive discovery. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Antimatter Discovery Reveals Clues about the Universe’s Beginning," 23 Apr. 2020 The 6-4, 223-pound quarterback from Utah State has tantalizing deep-throwing ability and athleticism, but his FBS-worst 17 interceptions in 2019 reinforced concerns about his decision-making. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Day 43 without sports 😭: 10 twists that could create chaos in 2020 NFL draft's first round," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Tantalizing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantalizing. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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