tantalize

Definitions

  • TANTALIZING
    TANTALIZING
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tantalize harass with persistent criticism or carping "The children teased the new teacher","Don't ride me so hard over my failure","His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Tantalize To tease or torment by presenting some good to the view and exciting desire, but continually frustrating the expectations by keeping that good out of reach; to tease; to torment. "Thy vain desires, at strife
      Within themselves, have tantalized thy life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tantalize To tease or torment by presenting something desirable to the view, and frustrating expectation by keeping it out of reach; excite expectations or hopes or fears in (a person) which will not be realized; tease; torment; vex. Also spelled tantalise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Tantalus: cf. F. tantaliser,

Usage

In literature:

It was certainly tantalizing.
"Making His Way" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
This tantalizing thought had hardly taken possession of George's mind when his attention was attracted by shouts from below.
"With Marlborough to Malplaquet" by Herbert Strang and Richard Stead
It was particularly tantalizing because we were almost in sight of our homes, but could not visit them.
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
For they had heard enough wood-lore to know that the bull-moose, with his extreme caution, is like a tantalizing phantom to hunters.
"Camp and Trail" by Isabel Hornibrook
Why was time so tantalizing?
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
This was most tantalizing to the squirrel.
"Lobo, Rag and Vixen" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
All this was tantalizing news to the Twenty-eighth.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
Keep on tantalizing myself for a chimera?
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
The deceptive hue of the yellow earth made the search a long and tantalizing one.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
They came echoing back from the cliffs, as we stood helpless and tantalized.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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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
train.
"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:

The play receiving its US premiere at the Fountain Theatre provides tantalizing insight into the South African writer.
Miyabi, Squid Vibrators, and Making the Terrifying Tantalizing.
Desmond Jennings' potential is tantalizing.
It's that time of year when the promise of fresh spring produce tantalizes, but it won't materialize at most greenmarkets for a few more weeks.
At the Palms restaurant, dishes are prepared with a light touch and the tantalizing flavors of a higher ground.
Cable programming offers the watcher a huge assortment of tantalizing shows in every genre, promising to hook you in and excite you.
And for a brief, tantalizing moment, the feeling was mutual.
Britney Spears Tantalizes In Turquoise .
That's the tantalizing premise that drives planetary scientist William B Moore of.
They tuck small sparkling, colorful, tantalizing and just plain fascinating and unique items here and there throughout their gardens.
For weeks now we've been seeing a few tantalizing teasers of 'Justified' season 4, which draws its premiere on Tuesday, January 8, weeks before its FX counterparts 'Anger Management' and 'Archer.
For weeks now we've been seeing a few tantalizing teasers of ' Justified ' season 4, which draws its premiere on Tuesday, January 8, weeks before its FX counterparts 'Anger Management' and 'Archer.
Revel in the beauty with an evening of dance that will tantalize your contemporary and classical taste buds.
Tantalize your taste buds with lighter versions of familiar vegetarian and vegan recipes filled with flavor, not calories or fat.
Celebrities, oddities tantalize horror fans at ghoulish gorefest in Orlando.
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In science:

One reason for the focus on two dimensions is that early estimates for t were tantalizingly close to the correlation length exponent ν that is now known to exactly equal 4/3 .
Fractal and Multifractal Scaling of Electrical Conduction in Random Resistor Networks
The possible relation between DLA and viscous fingering is a tantalizing open question in pattern formation.
Conformal mapping methods for interfacial dynamics
Tantalizing evidence also exists to relate the “Great Eruption” in 1843 with the close approach of the stars during their passage through periastron.
X-ray and radio emission from colliding stellar winds
Local BG duality for the pion then requires fq/π (x) ∼ (1 − x)1 , tantalizingly close to the data.
Summary Talk on Quark-Hadron Duality
In the meantime we will keep wondering whether small neutrino masses are our first glimpse at grand unified theories via the see-saw mechanism, or represent a new Yukawa scale tantalizingly connected to lepton conservation and, possibly, the cosmological constant.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
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