Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Tantalize'
v : harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children
teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my
failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a
jacket and tie" [syn: tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalise,
bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride]
- Tantalize \Tan"ta*lize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tantalized; p.
pr. & vb. n. Tantalizing.] [From Tantalus: cf. F.
To tease or torment by presenting some good to the view and
exciting desire, but continually frustrating the expectations
by keeping that good out of reach; to tease; to torment.
Thy vain desires, at strife Within themselves, have
tantalized thy life. --Dryden.
Syn: To tease; vex; irritate; provoke.
Usage: Tantalize, Disappoint. To disappoint is literally
to do away with what was (or was taken to be)
appointed; hence the peculiar pain from hopes thus
dashed to the ground. To tantalize, a much stronger
term, describes a most distressing form of
disappointment, as in the case of Tantalus, the
Phrygian king. To tantalize is to visit with the
bitterest disappointment -- to torment by exciting
hopes or expectations which can never be realized.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Tantalize'
Tantalus (Greek Τάνταλος, Tántalos) was the ruler of an ancient western Anatolian city called either after his name, as "Tantalís", and the nymph Plouto. Thus, like other heroes in Greek mythology such as Theseus and the Dioskouroi, Tantalus had both a hidden, divine sire and a mortal one.
Tantalus is referred to as "Phrygian" and sometimes even as "King of Phrygia", although his city was located in the western extremity of Anatolia where Lydia was to emerge as a state before the beginning of the first millennium BC, and not in the traditional heartland of Phrygia, situated more inland. References to his son as "Pelops the Lydian" led some scholars to the conclusion that there would be good grounds for believing that he belonged to a primordial house of Lydia.
Other versions name his father as Tmolus, the name of a king of Lydia and, like Sipylus, of another mountain in ancient Lydia. The location of Tantalus' mortal mountain-fathers generally placed him in Lydia; all in Asia Minor.[See more about Tantalize at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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