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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for titillation

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 titillation
n.

early 15c., "pleasing excitement," from Latin titillationem (nominative titillatio) "a tickling," noun of action from past participle stem of titillare "to tickle," imitative of giggling.

titillate

v.

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

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