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English noun: arousal

1. arousal (act) the act of arousing


SamplesThe purpose of art is the arousal of emotions.


Synonymsrousing


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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