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Definitions and Synonyms of arousal | Another word for arousal | What is arousal?

Definition 1: the act of arousing - [noun denoting act]

Samples where arousal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions

Synonyms for arousal in the sense of this definition

(arousal is a kind of ...) the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

(... is a kind of arousal ) the act of waking

"it was an early awakening" "it was the waking up he hated most"

(... is a kind of arousal ) something that agitates and arouses

"he looked forward to the excitements of the day"

(... is a kind of arousal ) an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating

"the incitement of mutiny"

(... is a kind of arousal ) arousal to violent emotion

(... is a kind of arousal ) arousing to a particular emotion or action

(... is a kind of arousal ) the act of arousing an organism to action

(... is a kind of arousal ) an agreeable arousal

Definition 2: mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for arousal in the sense of this definition

(arousal is a kind of ...) activities associated with sexual intercourse

"they had sex in the back seat"

(... is a kind of arousal ) affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)

(... is a kind of arousal ) manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure

"the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"

Definition 3: awakening from sleep - [noun denoting cognition]

(arousal is a kind of ...) a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world

"consciousness during wakefulness in a sane person is pretty well ordered and familiar"

Definition 4: a state of heightened physiological activity - [noun denoting state]

(arousal is a kind of ...) the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

(... is a kind of arousal ) a state of readiness to respond

"alerting was indicated by the desynchronization of the EEG"

(... is a kind of arousal ) the arousal of strong emotions and emotional behavior

(... is a kind of arousal ) the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland

(... is a kind of arousal ) the arousal of sexual desires in preparation for sexual behavior

(... is a kind of arousal ) something that is desired

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