• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tantalism A punishment like that of Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of good which is not attainable; tantalization. "Is not such a provision like tantalism to this people?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tantalism A punishment like that of Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of something desirable but not attainable; tantalization. See tantalize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tantalism the punishment of Tantalus: a tormenting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Tantalize
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tantalus, in Gr. mythology, who stood in Tartarus up to his chin in water, with branches of fruit over his head, the water receding when he wished to drink, and the fruit when he wished to eat.


In literature:

It is tantalizing, too, considering how abundant are Erasmus' literary remains, that we get so little description of places from him.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
The sight of the Mexican force in the afternoon became absolutely tantalizing.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It must have been tantalizing to all parties to wait the winter through, and not even get a message across.
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
Though their rooms were beautiful, it was not with the tantalizing beauty of expensive and frail knick-knacks.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
It was a tantalizing thought.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
It was a tantalizing position to be in.
"Humphrey Bold" by Herbert Strang
Altogether, she's more Spanish than Indian, I take it, though she's a tantalizing combination of each in instinct.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
It was tantalizing in the last degree.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
You are very cruel, my dear Rivers, to tantalize me with your pictures of happiness.
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke
You have tantalized a weak heart with hope, only to make it despair the more.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms

In poetry:

The tantalizing beams which shone so plain,
Which turn'd my former pleasures into pain--
Which falsely promised all the joys of fame,
Gave way, and to a more substantial flame.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton
Two tongues from the depths,
Alike only as a yellow cat and a green parrot are alike,
Fling their staccato tantalizations
Into a wildcat jabber
Over a gossamer web of unanswerables.
"Jabberers" by Carl Sandburg
Degrees we know, unknown in days before;
The light is greater, hence the shadow more;
And tantalized and apprehensive Man
Appealing--Wherefore ripen us to pain?
Seems there the spokesman of dumb Nature's
"Epilogue" by Herman Melville
O HYMEN! O hymenee!
Why do you tantalize me thus?
O why sting me for a swift moment only?
Why can you not continue? O why do you now cease?
Is it because, if you continued beyond the swift moment, you would
soon certainly kill me?
"O Hymen! O Hymenee!" by Walt Whitman
Its slime is ever on my work, and ever on my name;
No toil nor trouble does It shirk—for It will write, all the same!
It tantalized when great thoughts burned, in trouble and in want;
It makes it hell for all concerned, the Wantaritencant.
"The Wantaritencant" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Many restaurants offer cheese courses, but none as tantalizing as the board at Osteria Marco, where every cheese on the plate is crafted in-house.
French supercar tantalizes at Paris motor show.
Does Tyler Palko tantalize you.
Always in danger of too windy with the tantalizing baby tropical storms twirling around us in the gulf and ocean.
InstantDoc ID #7507. Notable and tantalizing improvements that you can look forward to.
The two sides have moved tantalizingly close on the revenue-sharing issue, more so in their informal discussions than in actual proposals made.
One formidable French valley yields a variety of tantalizing wines.
The ambitious 2013 Ford Fusion comes tantalizingly close to setting a new standard for midsize sedans.
HONG KONG – For years, Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, was the window onto China, a place where Americans and Europeans would capture a tantalizing glimpse of Chinese culture.
It's a while before fresh peaches arrive locally in the markets, but this is tantalizing.
INVITATION TO WORLD LITERATURE brings together a tantalizing mix of writers, literary scholars, artists and performers to explore timeless tales from a variety of eras and cultures.
Mayfield Heights' Casa Dolce bakery and cafe tantalizes tastebuds in winter cooking classes.
What's more, this new service offers a tantalizing preview of a future city government that is altogether more transparent and, consequently, efficient , and effective.
Warner Bros Digital Distribution had a big "never mind" moment last week when it released a new app with the tantalizing title "Day After U.S.".
A row of restaurants in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, DC, looks tantalizing — there are Vietnamese, Italian, New American.

In science:

It is tantalizing to use random matrix theory to do so, a program we got started on in El Karoui (2009b) and El Karoui (2009c).
Geometric sensitivity of random matrix results: consequences for shrinkage estimators of covariance and related statistical methods
The experimental test of NRQCD factorization has been among the most urgent tasks on the agenda of the international quarkonium community for the past fifteen years and, with high-quality data being so copiously harvested at the LHC, is now more tantalizing than ever.
J/psi polarization at Tevatron and LHC: Nonrelativistic-QCD factorization at the crossroads
The spectrum is fixed by minimizing the scalar potential, and we observe that the symmetry of the model leads to tantalizing Higgs decay models potentially observable at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
For example, it is tantalizing that down-type quarks and charged leptons show a similar hierarchical pattern, which differs substantially from the pattern of the up-type quark masses.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
This is of course tantalizing given the fact that both ATLAS and CMS observed an increased rate of h → γ γ compared to the SM in their discoveries of a Higgs like state.
Charginos Hiding In Plain Sight