Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun That which titillates; something having titillating properties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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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 offence" would no longer be allowed on new roads.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • 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 offense" would no longer be allowed on new roads.

    FAZED

  • 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

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