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arousal

Definitions of arousal
  1. noun
    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
    desire
    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
    cybersex
    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
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    physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
    the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
  2. noun
    the act of arousing
    “the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions”
    synonyms: rousing
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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
    the act of arousing to a particular emotion or action
    stimulation
    the act of arousing an organism to action
    titillation
    an agreeable arousal
    reveille
    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
    thrill
    something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation
    galvanisation, galvanization
    stimulation that arouses a person to lively action
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    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  3. noun
    awakening from sleep
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    wakefulness
    a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world
  4. noun
    mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
    synonyms: stimulation
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    caressing, cuddling, fondling, hugging, kissing, necking, petting, smooching, snuggling
    affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
    snogging
    (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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