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English noun: arousal

1. arousal (act) the act of arousing

SamplesThe purpose of art is the arousal of emotions.


Broader (hypernym)change of state

Narrower (hyponym)awakening, excitation, excitement, incitation, incitement, inflaming, inflammation, inspiration, stimulation, stirring, titillation, wakening, waking up

2. arousal (state) a state of heightened physiological activity

Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state

Narrower (hyponym)alerting, alertness, desire, emotional arousal, excitation, innervation, irritation, sexual arousal

3. arousal (cognition) awakening from sleep

Broader (hypernym)wakefulness

4. arousal (act) mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse

Synonymsforeplay, stimulation

Broader (hypernym)sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice

Narrower (hyponym)caressing, cuddling, feel, fondling, hugging, kissing, necking, petting, smooching, snuggling

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