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tr.v. tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing, tan·ta·liz·es
1. To excite by exposing something desirable that remains or is made difficult or impossible to obtain: Researchers have been tantalized by the possibility of finding a cure for the disease.
2. To be strongly attractive to; excite the senses or desire of: The aroma coming from the bakery tantalized us.

[From Latin Tantalus, Tantalus; see Tantalus.]

tan′ta·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
tan′ta·liz′er n.
tan′ta·liz′ing·ly adv.
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Noun1.tantalization - the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule)tantalization - the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances; "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
harassment, molestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
References in classic literature ?
And this thought it must have been which suggested to Ahab that wild exclamation of his, when one morning turning away from surveying poor Queequeg -- Oh, devilish tantalization of the gods!
Khaled also warned of the dangers resulted from the USA or other countries' tantalization with the Israeli State or its Premier's call to dismantle the UNRWA for Palestine Refugees, and to merge the Palestinian Refugees' Cause with the UNs' High Commissioner.
Vance argues that Criseyde's succumbing to Pandarus's glib tantalization is the bellwether of her subsequent vulnerability to courtship (291).
fiction is often overly preoccupied with tantalization, or the unique desire we feel for objects.
not express dissolution in their form or exploit tantalization and
One hopes, that with great expansion, comes great tantalization.
But the tantalization of an accident or a slip of the tongue keeps us riveted to these sad, funny people.