One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement, especially through sexually suggestive images or words.‘the press are paid to titillate the public’
arouse, rouse, excite, stimulate, stir, thrill, interest, attract, please, fascinatesexually arousing, sexually exciting, sexually stimulating, provocative, salacious, lurid, sexy, sensual, erotic, pornographicView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘I was really more than interested - I was deeply titillated by 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.’
- ‘This is character-driven film noir, where the violence serves a higher purpose than shocking or titillating an audience.’
- ‘This ritualistic preparation is not shown to titillate the viewer.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Lido, the Moulin Rouge, the Crazy Horse - all long established Parisian traditions titillating tourists with naked or semi - naked acts.’
- ‘The idea just seems to titillate you beyond all reason.’
- ‘I don't object to titillating your readers, but what about balance?’
- ‘‘Everyone knows, Master,’ she breathed, pleasure titillating her every pore as she looked lustily at him through lowered eyes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It all became something of a national computer game with life-like graphics, frightening and titillating Americans, reinforcing paranoid conceptions.’
- ‘Some people are titillated by such things, Byron supposed.’
- ‘They enter into a Faustian pact with the general public: in order to sustain our interest they have to continually titillate us with revelations.’
- ‘Typical of a tabloid, they took a sex-tinged story, layered it with outrage, but ultimately used it to titillate their audience.’
- ‘Christina was interested in Malcolm, the bad boy who titillated her darker side, rather than Michael, the ordinary man under the mask.’
- 1.1archaic Lightly touch; tickle.
Early 17th century (earlier ( Middle English) as titillation): from Latin titillat- ‘tickled’, from the verb titillare.
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