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tantalizing

[tan-tl-ahy-zing] /ˈtæn tlˌaɪ zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
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
1650-1660
1650-60; tantalize + -ing2
Related forms
tantalizingly, adverb
untantalizing, adjective
Can be confused
tantalizing, titillating.
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Word Origin and History for untantalizing

tantalizing

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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