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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]