tantalize

Part of speech: verb

To torment by exciting and disappointing hope; harass. tantalise.

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Usage examples "tantalize":

  1. But for this, it would never have clutched at the Gibeonites, for even the incantations of the demon cauldron, could not extract from their case enough to tantalize starvation's self. - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
  2. Instead, he shouted: " Come on, you old son- of- a- gun," and he actually kicked the red silk flag into the air to tantalize the animal. - "The Boy Scout Fire Fighters", Irving Crump.
  3. But you shall have it, if only to tantalize that craven fool yonder. - "A Little Wizard", Stanley J. Weyman.