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


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
Both sight and scent were tantalizing, and my dreams at night were generally of pleasant food and warm firesides.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
The tired, tantalized spirit must accept it.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
He tore at the gambler's wrists, but Gilmore only laughed his tantalizing laugh.
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
These tantalizing questions pounded in Dawson's brain like the booming of big guns.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
A tantalizing question that only time would answer for them.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
It's too damnably tantalizing.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
Tantalizing qualms which only Serena's cooking could quiet likewise beset him.
"The Triumph of Virginia Dale" by John Francis, Jr.
Soon afterward he smelled the tantalizing odor of roasting meat.
"Spotted Deer" by Elmer Gregor
The deepest part of the pool was too deep for the sun to penetrate it, and its invisible depths were tantalizing.
"The Black Fawn" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
He is just the most tantalizing brute of a horse that ever was.
"The Corner House Girls on a Tour" by Grace Brooks Hill

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:

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.

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
The indication of a possible undershoot to negative values is tantalizing but not significant in view of the statistical errors.
Strange Particle Production and Elliptic Flow from CERES
There is also a tantalizing possibility to employ these correlations in practical γ -detectors, where the energy is, of course, much larger than 3Eth .
Correlation effects in sequential energy branching: an exact model of the Fano statistics
In summary, after 20 years of careful work by many research groups around the world we are in possession of a tantalizing body of data, more than sufficient to stimulate our curiosity but not yet sufficient to pin down high energy neutrino sources.
In Search for Extraterrestrial High Energy Neutrinos
However, they do provide several tantalizing clues about the dynamics and morphology of the crucial interface of the upper chromosphere/lower TR at least for long-lived structures and for variability at a time scale of a few minutes.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
On the other hand, the prospect that, via the exponential expansion of the Universe, these high energy scales may lie within the grasp of observations is tantalizing.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Photon-chameleon mixing can also be detected astrophysically, through induced polarization in the spectrum of astrophysical ob jects and enhanced scatter in the X/γ -ray luminosity relation of active galactic nuclei (AGN) . A recent analysis of AGN data shows tantalizing evidence of this effect .
Cosmological Tests of Gravity
For example the jets that are expelled from the cores of active galaxies reach velocities tantalizingly close to the speed of light, and motion near a black hole is heavily influenced by space-time curvature effects.
Special-relativistic Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics: a benchmark suite
One can extrapolate into the µ − T plane to values µB /T ∼ 1 Although there is tantalizing suggestions that one might be seeing the effects of a critical end point, there is not yet consensus in the lattice gauge theory community that numbers may be reliably and unambiguously extracted.
Summary of Theoretical Physics for ICPAQGP 2010
New experimental techniques and a new theoretical understanding - which were both well represented at the workshop – hold the tantalizing promise of future breakthroughs.
Mini-Proceedings ECT*: Speakable in quantum mechanics: atomic, nuclear and subnuclear physics tests
As mentioned above, all experiments observe some excess in the region around 125 GeV, which may be called tantalizing at this stage.
Moriond 2012, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Experimental Summary