For a hungry guest to take this tantalization in good part, was the sure way to win the esteem of the noble Barmecide.
That, she could imagine, would be a tantalization from which a sensitive woman might well wish to escape.
The main secret of Bulwer then reveals itself, like that of flirtation, to reside in the art of tantalization.
It was their second kiss and they both thrilled from head to foot with this tantalization of the hunger of their love.
This gave them a little peep into the heavens, but was really only a tantalization.
He was aware that the deferring of a climax till it could be launched on a tide of tantalization was the chiefest of them.
To live for a time among them would be a delight; to glance at them for a moment was tantalization.
I didn't feel my finger-tips because I had the agitation, the flutter, the tantalization of looking at her.
Rose had no idea of tantalization, or she would have held him a while in doubt.
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).