1. [syn: tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: 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,
tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
66 Moby Thesaurus words for "tantalize":
affect the interest, allure, annoy, appeal, attract, badger,
baffle, bait, balk, be attractive, becharm, beckon, bedevil,
beleaguer, bewitch, bilk, captivate, carry away, cast down, charm,
concern, cross, dash, defeat, defeat expectation, disappoint,
disillusion, dissatisfy, draw on, enamor, endear, engage,
enrapture, excite, excite interest, fascinate, fetch, foil,
frustrate, gnaw, harass, harry, hold in thrall, infatuate,
inflame with love, interest, invite, involve in, let down, pester,
pique, plague, provoke, seduce, stimulate, summon, taunt, tease,
tempt, thwart, tickle, titillate, torment, torture, vamp,
whet the appetite