1Arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement, especially through sexually suggestive images or words: the press are paid to titillate the public
More example sentences
- 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
Early 17th century (earlier (Middle English) as titillation): from Latin titillat- 'tickled', from the verb titillare.
Titillate is from Latin titillare ‘to tickle’.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.