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  • n. The act of tantalizing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of tantalizing, or state of being tantalized.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of tantalizing, or the state of being tantalized. Also spelled tantalisation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances


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  • And even if so, the tantalization will only be greater if she has to live through another couple of days before cloistering herself to read it.

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  • And this thought it must have been which suggested to Ahab that wild exclamation of his, when one morning turning away from surveying poor Queequeg — “Oh, devilish tantalization of the gods!”

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  • For the sheer power of the self-tantalization I joined him late in his journey and followed him as he approached the Temple of Ghanghesha.

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  • Like many excellent people, he seemed possessed with a spirit of tantalization, which might easily, at a casual glance, be mistaken for malevolence.

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  • Their honors were too short-lived, and too circumscribed, to be much more than a lively tantalization, to be remembered with disgust by those who had worn them.

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  • Here, at length, after sufficient tantalization by its means, Marlboro 'venturously intruded himself every day.

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  • It was their second kiss and they both thrilled from head to foot with this tantalization of the hunger of their love.

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  • It came then -- that dancing sprite of tantalization -- and joyously abandoned itself to the strings of the violin, so that David knew, of a surety, what a beautiful song it was.

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