- 1Arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement, especially through sexually suggestive images or words: the press are paid to titillate the publicMore example sentences
arouse, rouse, excite, stimulate, stir, thrill, interest, attract, please, fascinate; tantalize, lead on, seduce, tempt, ravish, inflame, kindle, provoke, quicken• informal turn on, sendprovocative, salacious, lurid, sexy, sensual, erotic, pornographic; suggestive, seductive, tantalizing, tempting, interesting, fascinating, captivatingBritish • informal saucy
- 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.
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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.