tit·​il·​late | \ ˈti-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce titillate (audio) \
titillated; titillating

Definition of titillate

transitive verb

1 : to excite pleasurably : arouse by stimulation

intransitive verb

: to act as a stimulant to pleasurable excitement

Other Words from titillate

titillation \ ˌti-​tə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce titillate (audio) \ noun
titillative \ ˈti-​tə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce titillate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of titillate in a Sentence

a film made to titillate the audience writing that titillates and provokes
Recent Examples on the Web The action swarms and surges, but it’s not intended to titillate. Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Yet the Chautauqua’s Methodist directors occasionally pushed the envelope of decorum to titillate campers. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 10 July 2022 The defense argued that the prosecution was merely trying to titillate jurors with a celebrity. Ken Auletta, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 She may be best understood as the spiritual successor to Elvis, another poor white Southerner who made good, another entertainer with moves meant to titillate. Sascha Cohen, Longreads, 20 May 2021 Thomas shoots herself, the Beauties had an original context and purpose, which was to titillate largely male consumers. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Think for a moment about the fears and threats that titillate Americans. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Ducournau—whose previous film, the 2016 Raw, detailed the exploits of a cannibalistic veterinary student—works hard to titillate us in the movie’s first hour or so, spreading out a buffet of gruesome, deadpan violence for our delectation. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 1 Oct. 2021 There's a kind of kinetic neon nihilism to Titane that can certainly be read on some level as provocation for its own sake; a willful urge to shock and titillate. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of titillate

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for titillate

Latin titillatus, past participle of titillare

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31 Jul 2022

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“Titillate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titillate. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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