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tantalizing

adjective

1 tantalizing

Arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable or mockingly out of reach:
— A tantalizing taste of success.

synonym: tantalising.

Roget 824: excited etc. v.; wrought up, up the qui vive [Fr.], astir, sparkling; in a quiver etc. 821, in a fever, in a ferment, in a blaze, ... show more

Roget 865: desirous; desiring etc. v.; inclined etc. (willing) 602; partial to; fain, wishful, optative; anxious, ... show more



2 tantalizing

Very pleasantly inviting:
— A tantalizing aroma.

synonyms: tantalising, tempting.


Moby thesaurus: acceptable, adorable, agitating, agreeable, alluring, appealing, appetizing, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, blandishing, breathtaking, cajoling, captivating, catching, charged, charismatic, charming, cliff-hanging, coaxing ... show more.

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tantalize

verb

1 tantalize

Harass with persistent criticism or carping.

synonyms: bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, taunt, tease, twit.

Roget 865: desire; wish, wish for; be desirous etc. adj.. have a longing etc. n.; hope etc. 858.    care for, affect, ... show more

Roget 509: be disappointed; look blank, look blue; look aghast, stand aghast etc. (wonder) 870; find to one's cost; laugh on the wrong side of one's mouth; find one a false prophet.    not realize one's hope, not realize one's expectation.    ... show more

Roget 615: induce, move; draw, draw on; bring in its train, give an impulse etc. n.; to; inspire; put up to, prompt, call up; attract, ... show more

Dutch: martelen, hekelen, mienen, narren, sarren, tergen, treiteren, zuigen


Moby thesaurus: affect the interest, allure, annoy, appeal, attract, badger, baffle, bait, balk, be attractive, becharm, beckon, bedevil, beleaguer, bewitch, bilk, captivate, carry away, cast down, charm ... show more.

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