As I gazed at it, it seemed to approach nearer, and tantalised me the more that I knew that I could not reach it.
Dale's curiosity was so strong, that Hugh saw how dangerous it was to have tantalised it.
But we were only tantalised—the wine was not only of no recognisable species, but positively nauseous.
On Sunday they were tantalised with the hope of immediate succour.
The baffled creature, tantalised with the blood of his other victims, was ready to satiate its lust at last.
Catherine tantalised them by withholding from them their prey.
Webster's mother kept her eye on the fruit-and-berry wagons: they tantalised her passion for preserves.
Your account of the London Institution has delighted and tantalised me.
But in order to succeed with this lesson she must not be tantalised.
She received me haughtily; but then she was inconsistent: she tantalised as before.
1590s, from Latin Tantalus, from Greek Tantalos, king of Phrygia, son of Zeus, punished in the afterlife (for an offense variously given) by being made to stand in a river up to his chin, under branches laden with fruit, all of which withdrew from his reach whenever he tried to eat or drink. His story was known to Chaucer (c.1369).