Tantalize is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of tantalize, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - harass with persistent criticism or carping
EXAMPLES - Tantalize in a Sentence
- It wasn't there long, just long enough to tantalize me. (source)
- The point is to tantalize the public and belittle the administration. (source)
- My child, do not refuse the poor a livelihood, do not tantalize the needy. (source)
- Jackson has tried to tantalize Shaq with tales of the late Wilt Chamberlain. (source)
- "I believe the Sagittarius Congruence is emerging in full, to tantalize you." (source)
- Tasty temptations tantalize her, just as they did when she was a tot and a teen. (source)
- But those newscasts need your eyes, so they're gonna tantalize you with eye candy. (source)
- Apple continues to tantalize the public with carefully leaked droplets of tablet news. (source)
- The new pool is sure to tantalize money managers across the country, some of which, like (source)
- To torment and tantalize oneself with hopes of possible fortune is so sweet, so thrilling! (source)
- And yet here is Liaison Dangereuse using a full face and body veil to tantalize and beguile. (source)
- Nudes will continue to tantalize, tempt, and for some, torment in the still early morning hours. (source)
- My man's got all kinds of tricks up his sleeve to delight and tantalize the senses of a select few. (source)
- The half-transparent silk hid little; in fact, it seemed designed to tantalize rather than to conceal. (source)
- And James Bond is a stretch, though Brown is younger than Sean Connery and those JB initials do tantalize. (source)
- "Turnabout ... is fair play," she warned him, her dewy crevice hovering over him just enough to tantalize, to tease. (source)
- Let's thwart those blood-thirsty savages, who, in the name of Islam, target innocents and tantalize the taliban-bashers. (source)
- San Francisco chef Gary Danko whips up a tomato soup that will tempt and tantalize with that little-known fifth taste: umami. (source)
- Michael Bloomberg is the latest rescue fantasy to tantalize the American public (or at least its representatives in the media). (source)
- His villainy makes him an easy target for mocking, humiliation and the prurient glimpses with which the raft of Madoff books tantalize us. (source)
- Many words come from Greek roots, but the roots for "tantalize" run all the way to Greek myth about a misbehaving son of Zeus named Tantalus. (source)
- The entire time that you'd be showing me off, you would occasionally grab me and tantalize me with your fingers and mouth, but that would be it. (source)
- He hoped she'd ask for details on the hot tub, and then he intended to tantalize her with a blow-by-blow description of what he'd do to her, how he'd do it. (source)
- Because we don't want you to know the full story until you watch "ANDERSON COOPER 360," just one of several unsolved mysteries which we will tantalize you with. (source)
- It wasn't just national networks, it was DailyKos, Atrios, the Air America blogs and tons of other internet goodies that served to tantalize the possibility of change. (source)
- Once outside, Barnes-alias Parsons-tried to tantalize Oberwetter with wiretapped material about Perot's political plans and his upcoming testimony before the Senate POW committee. (source)
- His teeth bit her panties and pulled them down so his tongue could tease and tantalize her, getting closer and closer without touching the one area she wanted him to fully explore. (source)
- From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify. (source)
- A decade on, despite all the investigations and reports, they still tantalize: Why didn't the FBI brass follow up on field reports of visiting young Arabs trying the learn how to fly jumbo jets? (source)
- He had begun to hope that he was now about to enter into a free land, a land delicious with milk which he himself might quaff and honey which would not tantalize him by being only honey to the eye. (source)
- For all of you to whom it matters, I am here to report that the first two episodes of this new season of Lost will once again tantalize and stimulate those who thrill to its ongoing twists and turns. (source)
- Much of this stems from Raymond Blanc and his team's dedication in searching for the finest and freshest ingredients that not only tantalize the taste buds, but also impart the greatest nutritional value. (source)
- Who has not refrained from giving his opinion, to prolong her suspense, concealing his pleasure from a desire to tantalize, seeking a confession of love in her uneasiness, enjoying the fears that he can dissipate by a smile? (source)
- That was FICTION, online RP meant to tantalize, titilate, and generally distract ME from being bored and overheated and paranoid, HIM from being lonely, bored, and worried about going into the army-navy-whatever-the-hell-branch. (source)
- The surest way to make them do whatever their betters wanted, was to make them think that it was not wanted, but was hedged with obstacles beyond their power to overcome, and so to provoke and tantalize them to set their hearts upon doing it. (source)
- To always say more than it intends, to conjure up possibilities that set us off on internal flights of fancy, to gesture beyond itself in myriad ways and to tantalize with the shadows of other stories, hiding in the corners of the most realistic of narratives. (source)
- Let me try to tantalize you by saying that the movie's mood is Chekhovian, as often as not -- exquisitely delicate moments of longing -- and that I'd bet the filmmaker has seen "The Petrified Forest," the 1936 classic, set in a desert diner, with Bette Davis as Gabby, a lonely waitress who dreams of living in France. (source)
- Although illustrations of the inordinate tendencies of American free enterprise to exclusively dominate markets date back to the late 19th century in U.S. history they've become even more prevalent since the emergence of a Cold War mentality used by the nation's corporate oligarchy to tantalize citizens into fearful submission. (source)
- But both the chapters on Labor Zionist poet and Jewish Frontiers editor Marie Syrkin (by Carole S. Kessner) and German-born Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, who founded and spent half a century editing The Jewish Spectator (by Deborah Dash Moore), tantalize readers with glimpses into the lives of exceptional women worthy of book-length biographies. (source)
- These cangues are so constructed that it is impossible for their wearers to raise their hands to their mouths for the purpose of feeding themselves, and it seemed to be a choice pastime for small boys to tantalize these criminals by placing food tied to the end of sticks just within reach of their mouths, and then suddenly withdrawing them. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "tantalize" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 24 synonyms for tantalize.
annoy, badger, baffle, bait, bedevil, beleaguer, charm, entice, fascinate, frustrate, gnaw, harass, harry, keep hanging, lead on, make mouth water, pester, plague, taunt, thwart, titillate, torment, torture, worry
We have 11 antonyms for tantalize.
aid, assist, disenchant, encourage, help, make happy, please, repel, repulse, support, turn off
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of tantalize from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) to tease (someone) by offering something desirable but keeping it out of reach
- (verb) to bait (someone) by showing something desirable but leaving them unsatisfied
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To tease or torment by presenting something desirable to the view, and frustrating expectation by keeping it out of reach; excite expectations or hopes or fears in (a person) which will not be realized; tease; torment; vex. Also spelled tantalise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) harass with persistent criticism or carping