• WordNet 3.6
    • n tantalization the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances "he ignored their teases","his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tantalization The act of tantalizing, or state of being tantalized.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tantalization The act of tantalizing, or the state of being tantalized. Also spelled tantalisation.
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In literature:

With eager hands, Dunham leaned forward and grasped it, searching its columns in vain for the tantalizing headlines.
"The Mystery of Mary" by Grace Livingston Hill
They were different from her and they tantalized her.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
In this state of tantalizing darkness and conjecture I should have departed, had not Cousin Monica quite spontaneously relieved me.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
A most tantalizing picture indeed, based upon undeniably well-grounded facts.
"Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)" by C. H. Thomas
Yet that will not prevent my tantalizing you about it.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
She might not approve of him, he had no idea that she did; but she had struck a chord whose vibrations pleased and tantalized.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
He glared gloomily at the back of her white neck, across which a dark lock floated tantalizingly.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
Which is life and what is death and how shall we face so tantalizing a contradiction?
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Then Julia Crosby laughed in her tantalizing irritating way.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
In one corner stood a small table on which were some tantalizing books and the same lamp.
"A Cathedral Singer" by James Lane Allen
His innocence fascinates, tantalizes her.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
How tantalizingly lovely she looked!
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
What barbarous tantalization to compel them to thirst in the midst of the waters of abundance!
"Statistical, Historical and Political Description of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements in Van Diemen's Land" by William Charles Wentworth
Alfred was so angry at the tantalizing remarks Palmer had cast at him from the audience that he did not dare trust himself near the man.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Did this pleasure appear to you not to be quite complete, unless you tantalized me in my passion, and lured me on by groundless hopes?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
It was certainly tantalizing that he should be tied hand and foot, utterly unable to help himself.
"The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus" by Horatio Alger Jr.
To the right, to the left, in front the tantalizing optical illusion lures us on toward an apparently firmer footing.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
This tantalizing woman always turned his words into impersonalities.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
This affair was something real in the way of excitement, with a mystery which tantalized them.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
The propinquity of the office tantalized them.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis

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:

Another tongue-tantalizing wine bar wafts into Marin.
Even before you walk in Country Boys Cooking, the smell of barbecue begins to tantalize the tastebuds.
Prime your holiday appetite with some of the most tantalizing food scenes from movies.
"Monsters" is a sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.
Christine Song, Ryann O'Toole creep tantalizingly close to LPGA dream.
Tasty tomatoes tantalize the tongue.
Ray Rice tantalized by upcoming Raiders matchup.
Tantalizing what if's 40 years after Watergate scandal .
"I remember the tantalizing aroma of dill at the market".
Using clips, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, this program features moments from the first two seasons of the series and tantalizing previews of season three.
It's my baby — and I'm finally giving birth,' says Ace DeVille of his Tantalizing Tuesdays.
Publishers have a tantalizing pile of books coming out this fall, the traditional season for some of the year's biggest titles.
Three years ago, Alejandro Gutierrez got a strange and tantalizing message from Hong Kong.
The Pistachio Pesto Pizza at EVO might not look as tantalizing as it tastes.
Tantalizing 'what if's' 40 years after Watergate.

In science:

Some of the theoretical estimates of the DSNB fluxes predict event-rates for ¯νe that are tantalizingly close to detection, e.g., the observational upper limit set by the SK collaboration .
Effect of Collective Flavor Oscillations on the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background
The collisions produced unprecedented large numbers of secondary particles whose energy spectra showed tantalizing evidence for thermal multi-particle production at high temperatures, with an enhanced probability for creating strange hadrons.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
The non-pro jectable Horava action is tantalizingly close to being fully C -invariant.
Gauge Theory in Riem(M)
This perspective raises new tantalizing questions besides the well-known conjecture on the ultrametricity of the overlaps.
A Remark on the Infinite-Volume Gibbs Measures of Spin Glasses
It remains a tantalizing problem to analyze the determinant estimator for the case when the entries of A are not non-negative real numbers.
Concentration of random determinants and permanent estimators
There is no reason in principle why such close agreement should exist, and seems a tantalizing hint that nature somehow ‘knows’ about Spitzer conductivity.
Could AGN Outbursts Transform Cool Core Clusters?
A tantalizing question is how to visualize a Calabi-Yau threefold.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
We regard this as a tantalizing open question. 4.8.
User-friendly tail bounds for sums of random matrices
Although tantalizing, this identification is not without shortcomings.
On Anomaly Matching and Holography
These tantalizing differences in structure can not be explained by the gravitational attraction of regular material alone (atoms, molecules, stars, galaxies etc.), but can be explained with non-relativistic dark matter.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
While this is tantalizing, we can not necessarily attribute any physical significance t o this particular division.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
The prospect of the direct detection of dark matter also tantalizes.
Implications of Standard-Model flavor violation for new physics searches
Showing hardness of approximation of ω ∗ (G) for two-player non-XOR games (even games with answers of length O(log n)) remains a tantalizing open question (see “soundness of the low-degree test” below for additional dis cussion).
Three-player entangled XOR games are NP-hard to approximate
With the fine spectroscopic resolution of the INTEGRAL measurements, therefore initial hints for a broadened 26Al gamma-ray line were tantalizing.
Nuclear-Astrophysics Lessons from INTEGRAL
In preparing this article I have been tantalized by the urge to show that the Tate-Shafarevich Conjecture (i.e., Conjecture 2 for abelian varieties over Q) is equivalent to the localto-global principle up to finite obstruction (i.e., Conjecture 1) for all pro jective varieties over Q.
On the passage from local to global in number theory