How Do You Spell TANTALISE?

Pronunciation: [tˈantəlˌa͡ɪz] (IPA)

"Tantalise" is a verb that means to tease or tempt someone with something that is just out of reach. Its IPA phonetic transcription is /ˈtæntəlaɪz/ and it follows the general spelling pattern of English words ending in -ise. The base word is "tantalize", which is derived from the Greek mythological figure Tantalus, who was punished by the gods by being made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree but could never reach the fruit or water.

TANTALISE Meaning and Definition

Tantalise, also spelled tantalize, is a verb that refers to the act of teasing or tempting someone by presenting them with something desirable or appealing but keeping it out of their reach or not allowing them to have it. The word is derived from the Greek mythological figure Tantalus, who was condemned to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree in the afterlife. Despite his hunger and thirst, the water would recede when he tried to drink it, and the branches would lift the fruit whenever he reached for it. This eternal frustration and unfulfilled longing associated with Tantalus form the basis for the verb tantalise.

The term is often used to describe a situation in which someone is deliberately teased or provoked by being denied or limited access to something they desire, whether it be physical objects, experiences, or personal satisfaction. Tantalising can be employed in various contexts such as relationships, entertainment, or marketing to create an air of excitement or anticipation. The objective is to captivate or fascinate someone by stimulating their desire or curiosity, provoking them to work towards obtaining or achieving what has been tantalisingly dangled before them. Consequently, to tantalise implies evoking a sense of longing or frustration, as the tantalised individual is teased with something they desire but cannot readily attain.

Common Misspellings for TANTALISE

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Etymology of TANTALISE

The word "tantalise" is derived from "Tantalus", a character from Greek mythology. In the myth, Tantalus was a king who offended the gods and was condemned to an eternal punishment in the underworld. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree, but whenever he reached for a drink, the water receded, and when he tried to eat the fruit, it moved out of his reach. This constant desire for satisfaction without ever attaining it is what gave rise to the term "tantalise". The word was first recorded in English in the 16th century.

Similar spelling words for TANTALISE

Conjugate verb Tantalise


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we would tantalise
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I will tantalise
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