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  • n. A punishment like that of the mythological Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of good which is not attainable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A punishment like that of Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of good which is not attainable; tantalization.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A punishment like that of Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of something desirable but not attainable; tantalization. See tantalize.

Etymologies

See tantalize. (Wiktionary)

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