tantalizing

[tan-tl-ahy-zing]
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.

Origin:
1650–60; tantalize + -ing2

tantalizingly, adverb
untantalizing, adjective

tantalizing, titillating.
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tantalize

[tan-tl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), tantalized, tantalizing.
to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.
Also, especially British, tantalise.


Origin:
1590–1600; Tantal(us) + -ize

tantalization, noun
tantalizer, noun
untantalized, adjective


provoke, taunt, tempt; frustrate.


satisfy.
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tantalize or tantalise (ˈtæntəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible
 
[C16: from the punishment of Tantalus]
 
tantalise or tantalise
 
vb
 
[C16: from the punishment of Tantalus]
 
tantali'zation or tantalise
 
n
 
tantali'sation or tantalise
 
n
 
'tantalizer or tantalise
 
n
 
'tantaliser or tantalise
 
n
 
'tantalizing or tantalise
 
adj
 
'tantalising or tantalise
 
adj
 
'tantalizingly or tantalise
 
adv
 
'tantalisingly or tantalise
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

tantalize
1590s, from L. Tantalus, from Gk. Tantalos, king of Phrygia, son of Zeus, punished in the afterlife (for an offense variously given) by being made to stand in a river up to his chin, under branches laden with fruit, all of which withdrew from his reach whenever he tried
to eat or drink. His story was known to Chaucer (c.1369).

tantalizing
mid-17c., from tantalize. Related: Tantalizingly.
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Example sentences
The often truncated fragments that survive can be tantalizing.
They emerged with tantalizing clues, a scientific first, and lots of unanswered
  questions.
Preserved pigment cells in these six feather barbs lend tantalizing clues to
  color.
Mining the ocean is a tantalizing idea that never seems to die.
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