Definitions of arousal

n a state of heightened physiological activity

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alerting, alertness
a state of readiness to respond
emotional arousal
the arousal of strong emotions and emotional behavior
excitation, innervation, irritation
the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
sexual arousal
the arousal of sexual desires in preparation for sexual behavior
something that is desired
anger, angriness
the state of being angry
excitation, excitement, fervor, fervour, inflammation
the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
sexual arousal involving communication on the internet
eroticism, erotism
a state of anticipation of sexuality
horniness, hot pants, hotness
a state of sexual arousal
passion, rage
something that is desired intensely
materialism, philistinism
a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
Type of:
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

n the act of arousing

“the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions”
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awakening, wakening, waking up
the act of waking
excitation, excitement
something that agitates and arouses
incitation, incitement
an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating
inflaming, inflammation
arousal to violent emotion
inspiration, stirring
arousing to a particular emotion or action
the act of arousing an organism to action
an agreeable arousal
a signal to get up in the morning; in the military it is a bugle call at sunrise
chiller, hair-raiser
excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones
something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation
galvanisation, galvanization
stimulation that arouses a person to lively action
Type of:
change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

n awakening from sleep

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a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world

n mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse

caressing, cuddling, fondling, hugging, kissing, necking, petting, smooching, snuggling
affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
(British informal) cuddle and kiss
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sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
activities associated with sexual intercourse

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