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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.tantalizer - someone who tantalizes; a tormentor who offers something desirable but keeps it just out of reach
persecutor, tormenter, tormentor - someone who torments
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