American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stimulate by touching lightly; tickle.
- v. To excite (another) pleasurably, superficially or erotically.
- v. To excite another, especially in a superficial, pleasurable manner: "Once you decide to titillate instead of illuminate . . . you create a climate of expectation that requires a higher and higher level of intensity” ( Bill Moyers).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tickle; excite a tickling or tingling sensation in; hence, to excite pleasurably; exhilarate; elate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To tickle.
- v. touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
- v. excite pleasurably or erotically
- From Latin tītillō ("tickle"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin tītillāre, tītillāt-, to tickle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In her schoolmarm voice, Kelly accused Lange of simply trying to "titillate" to send the PETA message.”
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“The story, according to Hatfill, was a fiction meant to amuse and titillate.”
“When America matures and in essence tells the media no longer to titillate us with nonsense by denying them ratings when they attempt to do so.”
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“The inclusion of the lengthy and ogling scene was intended to pander and titillate.”
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“Sensational sound bites meant to titillate and alarm, with no depth, no perspective, and no clue how to present various sides of issues.”
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