See tantalize, +‎ -ism.


tantalism (countable and uncountable, plural tantalisms)

  1. A punishment like that of the mythological Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of good which is not attainable.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
    • (Can we date this quote by Josiah Quincy and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Is not such a provision like tantalism to this people?

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tantalism in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)