tit·​il·​lat·​ing | \ˈti-tə-ˌlā-tiŋ \

Definition of titillating 

: pleasantly stimulating or exciting titillating reading also : erotic

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titillatingly adverb

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In Coover’s fictional universe, familiar tales and conventional genres are made new, tinged with shuddering wonder and titillating humor. Yu-yun Hsieh, New York Times, "Familiar Tales Remixed, at the Hands of a Postmodern Master," 27 Apr. 2018 Those titillating findings and more were in inspector general Michael Horowitz’s 500-plus-page report on the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server. Michael Smerconish, Philly.com, "After titillating IG report, Rod Rosenstein faces a major conflict | Michael Smerconish," 20 June 2018 On October 28, 1893, the 20-something divorcée, an aspiring model, made the cover of the country’s most popular men’s magazine, a titillating journal of crime, sport, and cheesecake called the National Police Gazette. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Even women wrestling’s more titillating history is getting the serious treatment, albeit through the lens of comedy. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Women’s wrestling now spotlights athleticism and skills over looks," 3 July 2018 For 20-plus years, Puffy has clotheslined his foes with his unprecedented success and titillating ideas. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Christian 'King' Combs Talks Working With Chris Brown, the Pros (& Cons) of Being Puff Daddy's Son and More," 9 Feb. 2018 The power-elite types in this titillating thriller (by an author who is himself a former political candidate) manage to pursue their sybaritic pleasures throughout all crises, while less advantaged players struggle to exist in safety. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "News You Can Lose Your Life Over," 25 May 2018 Locke relished every titillating contradiction but shrank, still, from political extremes. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 Fans will look back at this pick as a vital, if not titillating, selection. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Detroit Lions draft picks easy to judge, hard to be right about," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of titillating

circa 1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of titillating was circa 1714

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