- to excite or arouse agreeably: to titillate the fancy.
- to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
Origin of titillate
Examples from the Web for titillation
But the genius of George Carlin comes when you get past the titillation and shock value.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
You can experience the titillation of finishing something more than once every three to four years.How I Write: Jonathan Lethem
September 25, 2013
In Live Nude Girl, the theme shows up as the place where the titillation of nudity meets high art.Live Nude Girl Bares All
February 20, 2009
Sliding down banisters, for instance, produces a titillation.Sex
This was an emotion that he had not enjoyed for many years, and it was not without its titillation.Jack and the Check Book
John Kendrick Bangs
The sliding down bannisters produces a titillation which is agreeable to the sexual organs.Plain Talks on Avoided Subjects
Henry Newell Guernsey
Every one has heard of tickling trout: the tench is almost equally amenable to titillation.The Gamekeeper at Home
But it was a decadent and blazé company, and something more piquant was needed for their titillation.
- to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
- to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
Word Origin and History for titillation
early 15c., "pleasing excitement," from Latin titillationem (nominative titillatio) "a tickling," noun of action from past participle stem of titillare "to tickle," imitative of giggling.
1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.