tantalizing

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tantalizing (comparative more tantalizing, superlative most tantalizing)

  1. Teasing; tempting, especially that which is beyond reach.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, chapter 133, in Moby Dick:
      ...then it was that monomaniac Ahab, furious with this tantalizing vicinity of his foe, which placed him all alive and helpless in the very jaws he hated; frenzied with all this, he seized the long bone with his naked hands, and wildly strove to wrench it from its gripe.

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Verb[edit]

tantalizing

  1. present participle of tantalize

Noun[edit]

tantalizing (plural tantalizings)

  1. teasing temptation
    • 1848, Spalding Club, Aberdeen, Publications (issue 18, page 488)
      [] my resources against depressing thoughts and languor, amid the tantalizings of society []