titillation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n titillation the act of tickling
    • n titillation an agreeable arousal
    • n titillation a tingling feeling of excitement (as from teasing or tickling)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Titillation Any pleasurable sensation. "Those titillations that reach no higher than the senses."
    • Titillation The act of tickling, or the state of being tickled; a tickling sensation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n titillation 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.
    • n titillation That which titillates; something having titillating properties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Titillation act of titillating: state of being titillated: a pleasant feeling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. titillatio,: cf. F. titillation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. titillāre, -ātum.

Usage

In literature:

In the morning, when Jeanne brushes my hair, I feel a kind of soothing titillation which lasts all day.
"The Dangerous Age" by Karin Michaëlis
They would face death on the morrow, but for the moment at least they were personal and titillated.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Knows he the titillating joy Which my nose knows?
"From John O'Groats to Land's End" by Robert Naylor and John Naylor
It is a spur that titillates the absorbent surfaces and helps to keep them in action.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885" by Various
Today, as always, men are willing to pay high for the titillation of the senses of smell and taste.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
My politeness was well repaid, for nothing more delicate in the way of an omelet has ever titillated my palate.
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
Thoreau's half-truths titillate and amuse the mind.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The other snored measuredly for a while, but the titillation startled him at length, and he beat the air in his slumber.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
This gave me a good opportunity to titillate both sides of his neck, and he sprang round again.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
Titillator: a small process just below the penis in some Orthoptera.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The mental picture of that young couple filled his whole being with a strange titillating warmth.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
This was an emotion that he had not enjoyed for many years, and it was not without its titillation.
"Jack and the Check Book" by John Kendrick Bangs
We have already seen how ingeniously he titillated public curiosity in the title of his invective against Aretino.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
Every one has heard of tickling trout: the tench is almost equally amenable to titillation.
"The Gamekeeper At Home" by Richard Jefferies
Such frequent titillation of delicate nervous mechanisms plays sad havoc with general nervous control.
"Religion And Health" by James J. Walsh
When that palled, this came to titillate the jaded desires with a new form of gratification.
"The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon" by Alexander Maclaren
An iterrogatif is with tway titils: the vppir rysyng this wyse?
"Schools, School-Books and Schoolmasters" by W. Carew Hazlitt
He is for ever titillating his mind with some new thing.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
His deliberate choice, and persistent retention of agonizing titillating perches, shows a depth of "strategy" unequalled in one so young.
"Caper-Sauce" by Fanny Fern
It was appointed that this titill suld be renuncit.
"The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)" by John Knox
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In poetry:

Pretty fly! do not tickle her so;
How delighted to teaze her you seem;
Titillation is dangerous, I know,
And may cause the dear creature to dream.
"To A Fly: On The Bosom of Chloe, While Sleeping" by Thomas Gent

In news:

"Burned and Banned" is the titillating theme of Marvell Rep's continuing season, dedicated to the kind of plays that have caused sufficient scandal to leave a sulfurous odor in their wake.
The scandal, while titillating, shouldn’t have a long-term affect on military discipline, SC military leaders and experts say.
The teaser pulls you in with a titillating promise, "The thrill of drilling, the hazards and rewards as you bring in your own, Offshore Oil Strike.".
The financial media in its quest for eyeballs favors titillation over analysis.
So, let me tell you what it feels like to look fear in the face: it's exhilarating and liberating, and also a tad terrifying and titillating.
Redefining Hamlet 's sexual preference does more than provide a titillating subtext for his interactions with pals.
Fans of Nude Nite will enjoy these titillating works on wood by Lucy Fur and Morgan Wilson.
Stop romanticizing titillating love affairs.
Titillated by our feature Mad Men in Midtown.
Most moviegoers know Hollywood is always pushing, testing, trying to get more naughty words, anatomical bits and other titillations into their films.
It's actually a tattoo on your arse or your arm or anywhere else that will ring or, more accurately and perhaps more titillatingly, tingle whenever someone calls your cell.
Sweep your sweetie off their feet with this titillating package where a bottle of sparkling wine and breakfast in bed awaits.
Kevin Short's First Elite Series Titile.
Some of these videos may titillate.
I can tell you one thing: You dropping coy hints that you're not a bottom or that your wife's not into rug munching is only going to further titillate your friends if they are swingers , and make you look silly if they're not.
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In science:

As it stands, the most titillating question of neutrino physics no longer is if these elusive particles have masses at all, but rather if a fourth, hitherto unsuspected and otherwise noninteracting degree of freedom exists to reconcile all current indications for neutrino oscillations.
Neutrino Astrophysics at the Cross Roads
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