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Word: tantalize

Definition: tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure


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::: benign - kindly; favorable; not malignant (disease); Ex. benign tumor
::: tablet - small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall
::: harrowing - agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth
::: intellect - higher mental powers; person of great intellectual ability
::: retaliate - repay in kind (usually for bad treatment); V. retaliate
::: vicissitude - change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
::: reconnaissance - survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
::: vouchsafe - grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
::: grisly - ghastly; horrifying; Ex. grisly remains of the bodies