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[tan-tl-ahy-zing] /ˈtæn tlˌaɪ zɪŋ/
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 of tantalizing
1650-60; tantalize + -ing2
Related forms
tantalizingly, adverb
untantalizing, adjective
Can be confused
tantalizing, titillating. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Stella, although admiring the uniforms, was tantalizingly uncritical.

    Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • Their friend's answers were brief and tantalizingly incomplete.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Presently his eyes wandered from these treasures to the budding bushes that nodded so tantalizingly over the wall.

    The Louisa Alcott Reader Louisa M. Alcott
  • Frances' behavior to the young doctor was tantalizingly contradictory.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His name—” she hesitated   tantalizingly—“is Signor Abraham Lincoln.

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster
  • I dare you to give me a good ball, said Alvin tantalizingly.

    The Boy Patrol on Guard Edward S. Ellis
  • She did not know how tantalizingly her face, close and clear in skin texture as the petal of a lily, flashed out her dislike.

    The King Of Beaver, and Beaver Lights Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Word Origin and History for tantalizingly



mid-17c., present participle adjective from tantalize. Related: Tantalizingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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