Definition of titillate in English:

titillate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement, especially through sexually suggestive images or words.

    ‘the press are paid to titillate the public’
    • ‘Though there is not an outright ban on cinematic kissing, censors have tended to get out their scissors whenever lip-to-lip contact occurs, and directors have had to become inventive in titillating their audiences.’
    • ‘‘Everyone knows, Master,’ she breathed, pleasure titillating her every pore as she looked lustily at him through lowered eyes.’
    • ‘The Lido, the Moulin Rouge, the Crazy Horse - all long established Parisian traditions titillating tourists with naked or semi - naked acts.’
    • ‘This ritualistic preparation is not shown to titillate the viewer.’
    • ‘This is character-driven film noir, where the violence serves a higher purpose than shocking or titillating an audience.’
    • ‘The idea just seems to titillate you beyond all reason.’
    • ‘We viewers are titillated by images we have ostensibly come to decry.’
    • ‘She's got a personal, er, stake, in killing Dracula, but the character really exists to titillate teenage boys.’
    • ‘They also like to pretend they're lesbian lovers, but that's not meant to titillate consumers.’
    • ‘If one is looking for music to wash over, to entertain, to titillate, ‘tickle and seduce’ (to use the parlance of one radio presenter) in whatever manner, I'd say forget it.’
    • ‘The homonymic pun on the mail is made obvious by what is on the back side of the piece: a collage of images clipped from stag magazines resembling the interior of a young man's gym locker and meant to titillate the observer.’
    • ‘Christina was interested in Malcolm, the bad boy who titillated her darker side, rather than Michael, the ordinary man under the mask.’
    • ‘I was really more than interested - I was deeply titillated by it.’
    • ‘Some people are titillated by such things, Byron supposed.’
    • ‘I don't object to titillating your readers, but what about balance?’
    • ‘It all became something of a national computer game with life-like graphics, frightening and titillating Americans, reinforcing paranoid conceptions.’
    • ‘Typical of a tabloid, they took a sex-tinged story, layered it with outrage, but ultimately used it to titillate their audience.’
    • ‘They enter into a Faustian pact with the general public: in order to sustain our interest they have to continually titillate us with revelations.’
    • ‘The range is available at affordable prices and has been prepared by Patissier Gallery's chefs, who backed by their rich five-star experiences, have given each product in the range a special touch to further titillate the taste buds.’
    • ‘It shocked and titillated audiences around the world when it first hit the theatre in 1969 and has not been seen in Calgary for over a decade.’
    arouse, rouse, excite, stimulate, stir, thrill, interest, attract, please, fascinate
    sexually arousing, sexually exciting, sexually stimulating, provocative, salacious, lurid, sexy, sensual, erotic, pornographic
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    1. 1.1archaic Lightly touch; tickle.
      stroke, pet, lightly touch, lightly prod, chuck
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

titillate

/ˈtɪtɪleɪt/