Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a pleasurable or sexually exciting sensation
  • n. the process or outcome of titillating

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of tickling, or the state of being tickled; a tickling sensation.
  • n. Any pleasurable sensation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of titillating, or the state of being titillated; a tickling or itching sensation or state of feeling; hence, a passing or momentary excitation, physical or mental.
  • n. That which titillates; something having titillating properties.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an agreeable arousal
  • n. the act of tickling
  • n. a tingling feeling of excitement (as from teasing or tickling)

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Anita Gates, in the NYT, reviews a play that seems to be hoping cash in on "Vagina Monologues"-style title titillation by calling itself "Orgasms."

    Oh, the pain of being a theater reviewer!

  • And since the rest of the book is rather bland, it seems that it's this kind of titillation which is responsible for the explosive popularity of this novel.

    Ilana Teitelbaum: The Girl Who Read Enough of Stieg Larsson

  • There is no doubt that the Women's Institute spawned a bit of a monster, and that some naked calendars will always stray into the realms of Nuts-style titillation, which is sad; but on the whole I believe they are a good thing, and, if done right, they can still be inspirational, liberating and fun.

    The Guardian World News

  • Besides this, when these nerves are moved a little more powerfully than usual, but not nevertheless to the degree by which our body is in any way hurt, there thus arises a sensation of titillation, which is naturally agreeable to the mind, because it testifies to it of the powers of the body with which it is joined, [in that the latter can suffer the action causing this titillation, without being hurt].

    The Selections from the Principles of Philosophy

  • Several months ago, Lewes District Council in East Sussex tried to address the problem of inadvertent place-name titillation by saying that "street names which could give offense" would no longer be allowed on new roads.

    Andrea Harner

  • Several months ago, Lewes District Council in East Sussex tried to address the problem of inadvertent place-name titillation by saying that "street names which could give offence" would no longer be allowed on new roads.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • It can only imagine the kind of titillation he induces live in person.

    Midterm Roundup

  • The kind of titillation his writing used to represent seems almost quaint now -- what curious adolescent these days needs to turn to literature for this sort of enlightenment?

    Alex Henry: Henry Miller and a Sunday in Big Sur

  • The "double standard" manifest in the affair is of course shocking and likewise, if less so, the public "titillation," but you won't improve the world by telling it that it ought to drop dead in toto.

    Tod und Tango

  • Suppose, for instance, that I feel some titillation on reading a proposition concerning the contrast between Paul's idea of Peter and Peter's idea of himself, a titillation which is accompanied by the idea of Spinoza, its external cause.

    The Life of Reason

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