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[tit-l-eyt] /ˈtɪt lˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), titillated, titillating.
to excite or arouse agreeably:
to titillate the fancy.
Synonyms: rouse, tempt, tease.
to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
Origin of titillate
1610-20; < Latin tītillātus, past participle of tītillāre to tickle; see -ate1
Related forms
titillation, noun
titillative, adjective
untitillated, adjective
untitillating, adjective
Can be confused
tantalizing, titillating.
titillate, titivate. Unabridged
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  • They would face death on the morrow, but for the moment at least they were personal and titillated.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • We have already seen how ingeniously he titillated public curiosity in the title of his invective against Aretino.

  • As I titillated the top of my bald head with my forefinger, I plainly perceived that the time had come for me to marry.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • And he went off, with Mr. Pottle staring at his shoulder blades which titillated oddly as Mr. Meacham walked.

  • He experienced endless enjoyment, was titillated by the most enticing temptation.

  • My politeness was well repaid, for nothing more delicate in the way of an omelet has ever titillated my palate.

    Olympian Nights John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for titillated


verb (transitive)
to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
Derived Forms
titillating, adjective
titillatingly, adverb
titillation, noun
titillative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tītillāre
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Word Origin and History for titillated



1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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