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tantalizing

[ tan-tl-ahy-zing ]
/ ˈtæn tlˌaɪ zɪŋ /
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adjective
having or exhibiting something that provokes or arouses expectation, interest, or desire, especially that which remains unobtainable or beyond one's reach: a tantalizing taste of success.
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Origin of tantalizing

First recorded in 1650–60; tantalize + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM tantalizing

tan·ta·liz·ing·ly, adverbun·tan·ta·liz·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tantalizing

tantalizing , titillating
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