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

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That cliffhanger plus the tantalizing trailer released last month has resulted in a lot of compelling theories for what’s about to go down in the next eight episodes. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 But there are tantalizing clues that the rising groundwater kept grave robbers from looting Nastasen’s tomb. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs," 2 July 2019 Case in point: This isn't the first time Priyanka has given tantalizing but respectful details about her friend. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Is Giving Subtle Hints About Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas's Pre-Wedding Activities," 25 June 2019 In April, a team of researchers led by Marco Giuranna, a planetary scientist at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, published a paper in Nature Geoscience that offered a tantalizing solution. Clive Thompson, WIRED, "Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know," 24 June 2019 But as of this moment, the Club is 36-39, winners of six of seven and a tantalizing 4.5 games out of first place. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: The Reds are looking to buy at the MLB trade deadline. This could be interesting.," 23 June 2019 The searing official history produced by the U.S. Army points to many tantalizing what-ifs that might have produced better outcomes. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 In May, the FCC finished accepting bids on a radio frequency bandwidth that agency officials say will enable U.S. companies to compete in the 5G wireless field, which offers the tantalizing prospect of a much faster, more reliable cellphone signal. Susanne Rust, latimes.com, "Will Trump’s 5G push interfere with forecasting deadly storms in California and U.S.?," 20 June 2019 Garland, sidelined with a major knee injury since late November, remains a tantalizing prospect. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Darius Garland, Coby White, or De'Andre Hunter for Suns in 2019 NBA draft?," 5 June 2019

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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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