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 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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tantalizing
mid-17c., from tantalize. Related: Tantalizingly.
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Example sentences
Here the adornments of extreme wealth are tantalizingly displayed.
To someone who has spent years in graduate school, the reach of a scholarly
  editor can seem tantalizingly broad.
It is tantalizingly simple to state but notoriously difficult to solve.
Then a paper is published with tantalizingly scant imagery.
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