tantalize

[tan-tl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing.

to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.

Nearby words

  1. tanta,
  2. tantalate,
  3. tantalic,
  4. tantalic acid,
  5. tantalite,
  6. tantalizing,
  7. tantalous,
  8. tantalum,
  9. tantalus,
  10. tantalus monkey

Also especially British, tan·ta·lise.

Origin of tantalize

First recorded in 1590–1600; Tantal(us) + -ize

SYNONYMS FOR tantalize
ANTONYMS FOR tantalize

Related formstan·ta·li·za·tion, nountan·ta·liz·er, nounun·tan·ta·lized, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tantalise

tantalize

tantalise

verb

(tr) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible
Derived Formstantalization or tantalisation, nountantalizer or tantaliser, nountantalizing or tantalising, adjectivetantalizingly or tantalisingly, adverb

Word Origin for tantalize

C16: from the punishment of Tantalus

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Word Origin and History for tantalise

tantalize

v.

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).

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