Tan"ta*lism\, n. [See Tantalize.] A punishment like that of Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of good which is not attainable; tantalization. --Addison.

Is not such a provision like tantalism to this people? --Josiah Quincy.
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