titillate

verb
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

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Other Words from titillate

titillation \ ˌti-​tə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce titillation (audio) \ noun
titillative \ ˈti-​tə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce titillative (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 Their goal is not to titillate liberal legal scholars. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, "The Dishonesty of Amy Coney Barrett’s “Textualist” Pose," 16 Oct. 2020 Rhodes soon jumps from local radio to national television, relying on the same combination of the homespun and the irreverent to charm and titillate. Jake Tapper, The Atlantic, "Still Falling for It," 8 Oct. 2020 But there was one American editor who turned his gaze the other way, hoping to elevate rather than titillate. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Horace Greeley Turned Newspapers Legitimate and Saved the Media From Itself," 6 Mar. 2020 But women’s bodies have been used to titillate audiences, and sell tickets for nearly a century. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Rediscover Hollywood’s Most Famous Nude Scenes With This New Documentary," 8 July 2020 Over more than half a century, Mr. Fonseca wrote short stories, novels, and screenplays that titillated and shocked Brazilians with their terse style and seamy content. Michael Astor, BostonGlobe.com, "Rubem Fonseca, giant of Brazilian literature, at 94," 23 Apr. 2020 Over more than half a century, Mr. Fonseca wrote short stories, novels and screenplays that titillated and shocked Brazilians with their terse style and seamy content. Michael Astor, New York Times, "Rubem Fonseca, Giant of Brazilian Literature, Dies at 94," 20 Apr. 2020 The family complained that Gilbert had edited the series to titillate and dwell on negative elements. William Yardley, BostonGlobe.com, "Craig Gilbert, who created groundbreaking ‘American Family’ show, dies at 94," 15 Apr. 2020 The family complained that Mr. Gilbert had edited the series to titillate and dwell on negative elements. William Yardley, New York Times, "Craig Gilbert, 94, Dies; Created Groundbreaking ‘American Family’," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of titillate was in 1620

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Titillate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titillate. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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titillate

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of titillate

: to interest or excite (someone) in an enjoyable and often sexual way

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