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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TAN'TALIZING, ppr. Teasing or tormenting by presenting to the view some unattainable good.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable or mockingly out of reach; "a tantalizing taste of success" [syn: tantalizing, tantalising]
2: very pleasantly inviting; "a tantalizing aroma"; "a tempting repast" [syn: tantalizing, tantalising, tempting]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: circa 1683 possessing a quality that arouses or stimulates desire or interest; also mockingly or teasingly out of reach tantalizingly adverb

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. --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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

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