Definition of titillate in English:

titillate

Syllabification: tit·il·late
Pronunciation: /ˈtitlˌāt
 
/

verb

[with object]
1Stimulate or excite (someone), especially in a sexual way: these journalists 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.
Synonyms
arouse, excite, tantalize, stimulate, stir, thrill, interest, attract, fascinate
informal turn on
arousing, exciting, stimulating, sexy, thrilling, provocative, tantalizing, interesting, fascinating; suggestive, salacious, erotic
1.1 archaic Lightly touch; tickle.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin titillat- 'tickled', from the verb titillare.

Derivatives

titillation

Pronunciation: /ˌtitlˈāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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