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.
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tantalize \tan"ta*lize\ (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. tantalized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. tantalizing (?).] [from tantalus: cf. f. tantaliser.] 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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Verb 1. 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" (synonym) tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride (hypernym) mock, bemock (hyponym) jeer, scoff, flout, barrack, gibe (derivation) tantalizer, tantaliser
Tantalize Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Tantalus (, Tántalos) was a Greek mythological figure, most famous for his eternal punishment in Tartarus. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink. He was the father of Pelops, Niobe and Broteas, and was a son of Zeus and the nymph Plouto. Thus, like other heroes in Greek mythology such as Theseus and the Dioskouroi, Tantalus had both a hidden, divine parent and a mortal one.