titillation


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tit·il·late

 (tĭt′l-āt′)
v. tit·il·lat·ed, tit·il·lat·ing, tit·il·lates
v.tr.
1. To stimulate by touching lightly; tickle.
2. To excite (another) pleasurably, superficially or erotically.
v.intr.
To excite another, especially in a superficial, pleasurable manner: "a steamy story of sex and violence, adultery and murder, designed to titillate as well as to shock" (John Guy).

[Latin tītillāre, tītillāt-, to tickle.]

tit′il·lat′er n.
tit′il·lat′ing·ly adv.
tit′il·la′tion n.
tit′il·la′tive adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.titillation - a tingling feeling of excitement (as from teasing or tickling)
excitement, exhilaration - the feeling of lively and cheerful joy; "he could hardly conceal his excitement when she agreed"
2.titillation - an agreeable arousal
arousal, rousing - the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"
3.titillation - the act of ticklingtitillation - the act of tickling      
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
Translations

titillation

[ˌtɪtɪˈleɪʃən] N [of audience, reader] → estimulación f; (sexual) → excitación f

titillation

[ˌtɪtɪˈleɪʃən] ntitillation f
People buy sex manuals for titillation
BUT Les gens achètent des manuels sur le sexe pour titiller leur libido.

titillation

n (of person, senses)Anregung f, → angenehme Erregung; (of interest)Erregen nt; such titillation is not for the serious-mindedsolcher Kitzel ist nichts für ernsthaft gesinnte Menschen
References in classic literature ?
Rosamond took his way of talking to herself, which was a mixture of playful fault-finding and hyperbolical gallantry, as the disguise of a deeper feeling; and in his presence she felt that agreeable titillation of vanity and sense of romantic drama which Lydgate's presence had no longer the magic to create.
C4 boss: "We need some titillation in the weekend schedule to boost the ratings.
Sexual titillation is one thing, being projected as a slut is completely different.
The hypocrisy lies in permitting the audience the titillation of watching a woman behaving badly for three acts on the condition that she points up the moral by dying miserably in the fourth.
She is a very bright light" Actor Hugh Laurie after meeting the sovereign "Sadly the titillation of the female body on the autopsy table has become a sort of obvious part of every drama.
Hays claimed that the reason the husband of Beyonce stood smiling and singing as his scantily clad wife straddles a chair and shakes her rear end for other men's titillation was because he has made a living singing lyrics that call women 'bitches' and 'hos'.
Because this was an insultingly moronic attempt at titillation.
But I haven't read it, nor any of the trilogy, because I have no interest or need for literary titillation - I got all that out of the way in my teens.
This way too indulgent father/daughter relationship - he even gives her cocaine - is at the centre of the mixture of titillation, comedy and nostalgia that flows from director Michael Winterbottom's biopic.
It was treading the tightrope between titillation and bad taste" - Wilbur Smith on writing the sex scenes in his best-selling novels.
Just about balancing the line between titillation and drama, the play built tension slowly but had moments when the action almost ground to a halt.
Suggesting that content is not as inessential as McLuhan had claimed, and that the message and the medium are not necessarily one and the same, Bogost uses lots of examples from the spectrum of video games and video game history to show the art and playfulness in video games, and how games can be used for many purposes including relaxation, titillation, as advertising and branding, in work, in politics, and in many other creative and sometimes surprising ways.