tit·​il·​lat·​ing | \ ˈti-tə-ˌlā-tiŋ How to pronounce titillating (audio) \

Definition of titillating

: pleasantly stimulating or exciting titillating reading also : erotic

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Other Words from titillating

titillatingly adverb

Examples of titillating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under normal circumstances, this scene would have been the most titillating moment in the film. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: Savoring the Ramen Western," 8 May 2020 Numerous anti-Mormon exposés appeared, with titillating titles like Awful Disclosures of Mormonism and Wife No. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do…," 24 Mar. 2020 Winston continues to be a mixed bag of titillating potential (33 TD passes, league-high 5,109 passing yards) and maddening carelessness (league-worst 30 interceptions). Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL free agency top 20 players: Tom Brady, Drew Brees headline compelling 2020 group," 6 Feb. 2020 Where to go next is never in question, and the sightlines propel you forward with titillating but nondistracting peeks at what’s ahead. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "Looking Anew at Contemporary Art at the Rubell Museum," 8 Feb. 2020 What a comedian can or cannot do onstage or in front of a camera is a compelling question, and one that’s being reëxamined as political correctness of all kinds targets the titillating foulness at the root of a lot of standup. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Can Louis C.K. Spin His Troubles Into Art?," 3 Feb. 2020 The aftermath isn’t quite as titillating as the disappearance. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Read an exclusive excerpt of Saint X, the buzzy new novel about a missing teenager," 22 Jan. 2020 When is a photograph of nude bodies artistic or titillating? Barbara Ortutay, SFChronicle.com, "Does the naked body belong on Facebook? It’s complicated," 17 Jan. 2020 Today, nearly two years after I was fired by NBC, old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a dangerous and defamatory new allegation is being made. Maane Khatchatourian, chicagotribune.com, "Matt Lauer denies rape allegation, says affair was ‘consensual’," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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24 May 2020

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“Titillating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titillating. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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