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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
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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!
On the other hand, the last week witnessed the issuance of decisions that reveal openly the judiciary authorities tantalization with the settlers.
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
But the tantalization of an accident or a slip of the tongue keeps us riveted to these sad, funny people.