To TA’NTALIZE. v.a. [from Tantalus, whose punishment
was to starve among fruits and water which he could not
touch.] To torment by the shew of pleasures which cannot
be reached.
Thy vain desires, at strife
Within themselves, have tantaliz’d thy life. Dryden.
The maid once sped was not suffered to tantalize the male
part of the commonwealth. Addison.

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