Tan·ta·lize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tantalized p. pr. & vb. n. Tantalizing ] 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. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To tease; vex; irritate; provoke.
Usage: -- Tantalize, Disappoint. To disappoint is literally to do away with what was (or was taken to be) appointed; hence the peculiar pain from hopes thus dashed to the ground. To tantalize, a much stronger term, describes a most distressing form of disappointment, as in the case of Tantalus, the Phrygian king. To tantalize is to visit with the bitterest disappointment -- to torment by exciting hopes or expectations which can never be realized.
adj 1: arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable or
mockingly out of reach; "a tantalizing taste of
success" [syn: tantalising]
2: very pleasantly inviting; "a tantalizing aroma"; "a tempting
repast" [syn: tantalising, tempting]