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 Eppers: As Mark said, the prospect of Steph Curry and the Warriors playing for the 7 and/or 8 seed is pretty tantalizing. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA Roundtable: Play-in games will add suspense and intrigue at end of grueling season," 23 Apr. 2021 Knik Glacier became an even more tantalizing destination. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Knik Glacier’s biking boom is drawing hundreds into backcountry once tough to reach," 1 Apr. 2021 For Liz Warren, senior program director at the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, the most tantalizing aspect about all this research has little to do with space. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "NASA Will Map Every Living Thing on the International Space Station," 11 Mar. 2021 Nomar Mazara is one of the most tantalizing bats on the Detroit Tigers. Jules Posner, Forbes, "Detroit Tigers Hope To Unlock Nomar Mazara’s Potential. But How?," 5 Mar. 2021 Then last year, scientists from LIGO announced the detection of an object 2.6 times the mass of our sun, a very tantalizing candidate with a mass comfortably in the mass gap. quantamagazine.org, "‘Unicorn’ Discovery Points to a New Population of Black Holes," 27 Jan. 2021 Designed by Dave Genz himself, the Drop-Kick was designed to have the most tantalizing cadence possible to dupe panfish. Mark Modoski, Field & Stream, "The 20 Best Ice Fishing Lures Ever," 25 Jan. 2021 Perhaps the most tantalizing model comes from Germany, which shares America’s federalized system of government. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How to Fix the House of Representatives," 31 Dec. 2020 These researchers have chipped away at the most tantalizing and recalcitrant problem in theoretical physics: Stephen Hawking’s black hole information paradox. Quanta Magazine, "The Year in Physics," 23 Dec. 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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28 Apr 2021

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“Tantalizing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantalizing. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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