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titillate

[tit-l-eyt]
verb (used with object), tit·il·lat·ed, tit·il·lat·ing.
  1. to excite or arouse agreeably: to titillate the fancy.
  2. to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
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Origin of titillate

1610–20; < Latin tītillātus, past participle of tītillāre to tickle; see -ate1
Related formstit·il·la·tion, nountit·il·la·tive, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ed, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedtantalizing titillatingtitillate titivate
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Related Words

tickleamuseentertainteasetantalizethrillpalpatehookgrapplearouseinterestgrabprovoke

Examples from the Web for titillated

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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for titillated

titillate

verb (tr)
  1. to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
  2. to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
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Derived Formstitillating, adjectivetitillatingly, adverbtitillation, nountitillative, 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.

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