noun, plural Tan·ta·lus·es for 2.
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Historical Examples of tantalus
I shall probably have to bear the pains of Tantalus three months longer.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
Is there, in Tantalus' dim cup, The shadow of water, nought beside?Silhouettes
But in this emergency Poseidon came to the aid of the son of Tantalus.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome
A man in such a situation is somewhat like Tantalus reversed.
Boundary unlocked his tantalus and took out a full decanter of whisky.Jack O' Judgment
A king in classical mythology who, as punishment for having offended the gods, was tortured with everlasting thirst and hunger in Hades. He stood up to his chin in water, but each time he bent to quench his thirst, the water receded. There were boughs heavy with fruit over his head, but each time he tried to pluck them, the wind blew them out of reach.