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tantalizing (adj.)

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

updated on July 06, 2012

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Definitions of tantalizing from WordNet

tantalizing (adj.)
arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable or mockingly out of reach;
a tantalizing taste of success
Synonyms: tantalising
tantalizing (adj.)
very pleasantly inviting;
a tantalizing aroma
Synonyms: tantalising / tempting
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