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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Health insurance is inherently expensive and rock-bottom premium prices can be tantalizing. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Buyer beware: Inexpensive health plans often not what they seem," 22 June 2018 After all the athletic brilliance, tantalizing drama and viral fan celebration videos the World Cup has gifted us over the last month, the United States’ greatest moment of the tournament awaits in Sunday’s final between France and Croatia. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Missing World Cup can't be in vain for U.S. men's national team," 13 July 2018 But the indictment left some tantalizing questions unanswered about who may have had contact with the Russian hackers and why. Amber Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "6 questions about the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking," 13 July 2018 Warner knows Chance from growing up in Chicago, and her tantalizing, clever lyrics frequently engaged the audience in call-and-response. Erin Richards And Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires IV review: Day 2 music," 8 July 2018 The Lakers have yet to put together a package tantalizing enough for the Spurs to pull the trigger. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "As LeBron heads west, Leonard trade sits in limbo," 2 July 2018 Now Melania’s actions raise the most tantalizing question of all. Molly Ball, Time, "Melania Trump Is Redefining One of the World’s Weirdest Jobs," 28 June 2018 This process has already begun for another tantalizing watery world in the solar system: Europa, the fourth-largest moon of Jupiter. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Spewing Complex Organic Molecules Into Space," 27 June 2018 The 7-1 Majak showed tantalizing ability as a sophomore at HSE, playing his first full year of varsity basketball. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar basketball recruiting rankings for Indiana's 2020 class," 26 June 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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