Arousal



to stir to action or strong response; excite:
to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
to stimulate sexually.
to awaken; wake up:
The footsteps aroused the dog.
to awake or become aroused:
At dawn the farmers began to arouse.
Contemporary Examples

The female sexual brain is like an AND gate and requires many more cues for arousal to be triggered.
Newsweek Live Chat: What the Internet Can Teach Us About Sex The Daily Beast April 24, 2011

arousal sends dopamine to the brain; dopamine is the chemical associated with desire.
Why Men Cybercheat Jessica Bennett June 6, 2011

What’s important for a man in terms of his arousal is the competition.
The Intellectual Sex Fetish Anneli Rufus July 28, 2010

She derives no sexual pleasure from her dominatrix gig, she says, but still likes “the arousal of the ego.”
Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism? Lizzie Crocker May 21, 2014

Historical Examples

The sentiments aroused are different; but the arousal is the same.
The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life Emile Durkheim

At the slightest happening which seems to confirm suspicion there is an arousal of bad blood and a quarrel.
The New Boys at Oakdale Morgan Scott

We knew too well the Spirit of the Place; we waited its arousal with grave expectation.
The Song of the Rappahannock Ira Seymour Dodd

verb
(transitive) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
to awaken from sleep
n.

1827, “action of arousing, a being awakened” from arouse + -al (2). Sexual association is from c.1900.
v.

1590s, “awaken” (transitive), from a- (1) “on” + rouse. Related: Aroused; arousing.

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