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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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  • 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.
  • But it adds, tantalizingly, that these same troublesome genes play a critical role in our species' astounding success.
  • They flew upward in sudden bursts of speed, but the intruder remained tantalizingly out of reach.
  • On paper, a rebel victory looks tantalizingly close.
  • Each has fallen short, sometimes tantalizingly so, in earning election to baseball's shrine.
  • Wiping out polio is proving tougher than expected, but world health experts say the disease's demise is tantalizingly near.
  • Still, the tantalizingly small impact of removing the sequences suggests that the mammalian genome is not densely encoded.
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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