Did God create beings in his own image, and then treat them as if he wished to tantalize them and render them unhappy?
I was disposed to tantalize my pursuer, and wear out his men.
As for Di, she behaved perfectly, if she wished to fascinate and tantalize a flirt, such as Sidney Vandyke was said to be.
I caught a bit and a glimpse at a distance—just enough to tantalize me.
You tantalize me to death with talking of conversations by the fireside.
He would not only draw the warriors on, but he would annoy and tantalize them.
Our friends, the enemy, were now quick to tantalize our pickets with the defeat at Chancellorsville.
Has He, can He have created these unquenchable longings only to tantalize them?
Her companion's frequently repeated effort was to slow down for a talk; hers was to tantalize him by speeding away from one.
You forbid me to tantalize you with an invitation to Weston, and yet you invite me to Eartham!
1590s, from Latin Tantalus, from Greek Tantalos, king of Phrygia, son of Zeus, punished in the afterlife (for an offense variously given) by being made to stand in a river up to his chin, under branches laden with fruit, all of which withdrew from his reach whenever he tried to eat or drink. His story was known to Chaucer (c.1369).