Definition of titillate in English:


Line breaks: tit¦il|late
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪtɪleɪt


[with object]
  • 1Arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement, especially through sexually suggestive images or words: the press are paid to titillate the public
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    • We viewers are titillated by images we have ostensibly come to decry.
    • They enter into a Faustian pact with the general public: in order to sustain our interest they have to continually titillate us with revelations.
    • I was really more than interested - I was deeply titillated by it.
    arouse, rouse, excite, stimulate, stir, thrill, interest, attract, please, fascinate; tantalize, lead on, seduce, tempt, ravish, inflame, kindle, provoke, quicken
    informal turn on, send
    sexually arousing, sexually exciting, sexually stimulating, provocative, salacious, lurid, sexy, sensual, erotic, pornographic; suggestive, seductive, tantalizing, tempting, interesting, fascinating, captivating
    British informal saucy
  • 1.1 archaic Lightly touch; tickle.



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  • She was particularly disturbed by the disclosure of ‘salacious details for the titillation of the public’.
  • Doing so will require film-makers to understand how to present sexual imagery in a way that conveys representation rather than just titillation.
  • Done properly, the acts should go beyond titillation and provide a playful, tongue-in-cheek exploration of sexuality, social mores and modern values.


early 17th century (earlier (Middle English) as titillation): from Latin titillat- 'tickled', from the verb titillare.

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