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titillating

[tit-l-ey--ting] /ˈtɪt lˌeɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
arousing or exciting in an agreeable, often sexual way:
titillating gossip.
Related forms
titillatingly, adverb
untitillating, adjective

titillate

[tit-l-eyt] /ˈtɪt lˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), titillated, titillating.
1.
to excite or arouse agreeably:
to titillate the fancy.
Synonyms: rouse, tempt, tease.
2.
to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
Origin of titillate
1610-1620
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.
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  • This woman is doubtless miserable, though after all, perhaps, the titillating joys of glory are not unknown to her.

  • Hers was actually the titillating wonder of a bird which, captured, closes its wings, that surrender can be so sweet.

    Americans All Various
  • Knows he that never took a pinch, Nosey, the pleasure thence which flows, Knows he the titillating joysWhich my nose knows?

  • The titillating odour of this concoction came now, on the breeze, to the nostrils of Tansey, awakening in him hunger for it.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • These were "bloods," tremendous swells, grown men with a titillating flavour of the world about their distinguished persons.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
British Dictionary definitions for titillating

titillate

/ˈtɪtɪˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
2.
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 titillating

titillate

v.

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

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