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titillate

[tit-l-eyt] /ˈtɪt lˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), titillated, titillating.
1.
to excite or arouse agreeably:
to titillate the fancy.
Synonyms: rouse, tempt, tease.
2.
to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
Origin of titillate
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin tītillātus, past participle of tītillāre to tickle; see -ate1
Related forms
titillation, noun
titillative, adjective
untitillated, adjective
untitillating, adjective
Can be confused
tantalizing, titillating.
titillate, titivate.
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  • We have already seen how ingeniously he titillated public curiosity in the title of his invective against Aretino.

  • And he went off, with Mr. Pottle staring at his shoulder blades which titillated oddly as Mr. Meacham walked.

  • As I titillated the top of my bald head with my forefinger, I plainly perceived that the time had come for me to marry.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • My politeness was well repaid, for nothing more delicate in the way of an omelet has ever titillated my palate.

    Olympian Nights John Kendrick Bangs
  • They would face death on the morrow, but for the moment at least they were personal and titillated.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • He experienced endless enjoyment, was titillated by the most enticing temptation.

British Dictionary definitions for titillated

titillate

/ˈtɪtɪˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
2.
to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
Derived Forms
titillating, adjective
titillatingly, adverb
titillation, noun
titillative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tītillāre
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Word Origin and History for titillated

titillate

v.

1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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