Adjective "Tantalizing" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Torment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable.
  1. 'The twin girls represent new story ideas that have been tantalizing me.'
  2. 'The mystery of why men fight has always tantalized students of warfare.'
  3. 'Scientists have long been tantalized by the question of whether life once existed on Mars.'
  4. 'The jagged rock he'd sought was three feet up the incline, inviting, tantalizing him with its nearness.'
  5. 'The sun keeps almost shining but I think it is just tantalizing us and will not put in much of an appearance.'
  6. 'On and off through the afternoon light snow showers came along to tantalize us, dusting the ground white.'
  7. 'Their truthful ideal would be a hung parliament, where they could extract from Labour the promise that has tantalised them for generations: electoral reform for the House of Commons.'
  8. 'The upcoming release slate is like a mirage, tantalizing us - just over the horizon, barely out of reach.'
  9. 'That is yet another question that tantalises historians, heritage buffs and citizens who are getting together to celebrate Madras Day on August 22.'
  10. 'the tantalizing fragrance of fried bacon'
  11. 'Innovatively flavoured with tantalizing aromas and packed with exotic spices, the festival promises an enticing treat to all biryani buffs.'
  12. 'When she moved, her hair swished with her movements in a way that tantalized any man in her radius, though she was oblivious to all of the attention she got.'
  13. 'The prospect is tantalising, but first it's time to get down to brass tacks.'
  14. 'Besides offering run-of-the mill pub grub such as fish and chips, the updated menus promised to tantalise taste buds with some more exotic-sounding fare such as black olive bruschetta and charred cod, burnt lemon and Chardonnay risotto.'
  15. 'International festivals like New York City's Lincoln Center Festival tantalize dance lovers with promises of offerings that are extremely varied and unique.'
  16. 'What really tantalizes you is that which deviates from societal standards in every way, though you admit that this probably isn't the best and you're not sure what causes this desire.'
  17. 'A drop of oil on a pillowcase will tantalise the senses for a romantic interlude, or help to lull you off to sleep.'
  18. 'Rounded ripe gooseberries tease the nose and their flavours tantalise the taste buds.'
  19. 'The tang of the luscious dishes, some of them on display and others being cooked, continue to tantalize your senses as you walk along the tables set in a row.'
  20. 'Visually, the film also tantalizes the senses, with nearly every scene offering a riot of color.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"questions can be tantalizing."

"evidences can be tantalizing."

"turners can be tantalizing."

"prospects can be tantalizing."

"possibilities can be tantalizing."

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Late 16th century: from Tantalus + -ize.