titillate, titivate
Titillate means ‘to excite’ (Some interesting titles to titillate your literary tastebuds), and often has sexual overtones (especially in the noun derivative titillation), whereas titivate means ‘to adorn or smarten’ (Striking abstract paintings titivate the otherwise bare walls). Titivate is often mistakenly used for titillate (although the reverse mistake does not occur):

• ☒ Even now twelve heartfelt pages are titivating the senses of a Dead Letter superintendent —Dylan Thomas, 1933.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Titillate — Tit il*late, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Titillated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Titillating}.] [L. titillatus, p. p. of titillare.] To tickle; as, to titillate the nose with a feather. [1913 Webster] The pungent grains of titillating dust. Pope. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • titillate — index bait (lure), interest Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • titillate — (v.) 1610s, back formation from TITILLATION (Cf. titillation). Related: Titillated; titillating …   Etymology dictionary

  • titillate — [v] excite, stimulate amuse, arouse, entertain, grab, grapple, hook, interest, palpate, provoke, switch on, tantalize, tease, thrill, tickle, tickle pink*, turn on; concepts 7,11,22 Ant. disenchant, repulse, turn off …   New thesaurus

  • titillate — ► VERB 1) arouse (someone) to mild excitement or interest. 2) archaic lightly touch; tickle. DERIVATIVES titillation noun. ORIGIN Latin titillare tickle …   English terms dictionary

  • titillate — [tit′ l āt΄] vt. titillated, titillating [< L titillatus, pp. of titillare, to tickle] 1. TICKLE 2. to excite or stimulate pleasurably, often erotically titillater n. titillation n. titillative adj …   English World dictionary

  • titillate — [[t]tɪ̱tɪleɪt[/t]] titillates, titillating, titillated VERB If something titillates someone, it pleases and excites them, especially in a sexual way. [V n] The pictures were not meant to titillate audiences. [V n] ...food to titillate the most… …   English dictionary

  • titillate — UK [ˈtɪtɪleɪt] / US [ˈtɪtɪlˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms titillate : present tense I/you/we/they titillate he/she/it titillates present participle titillating past tense titillated past participle titillated to produce feelings of interest,… …   English dictionary

  • titillate — titillatingly, adv. titillation, n. titillative, adj. /tit l ayt /, v.t., titillated, titillating. 1. to excite or arouse agreeably: to titillate the fancy. 2. to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking… …   Universalium

  • titillate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. tickle; excite. See touch, desire, excitement. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. tickle, stimulate, arouse, turn on*; see excite 1 , 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [TIT ul ate] to… …   English dictionary for students

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