- of or relating to lovers or lovemaking; expressive of love: amatory poems; an amatory look.
Also am·a·to·ri·al [am-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-ee-uh l] /ˌæm əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əl/.
Origin of amatory
1590–1600; < Latin amātōrius, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tōrius -tory1
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amorous, ardent, passionate.
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Examples from the Web for amatory
Discretion, it goes without saying, is the cornerstone of long-term success in the amatory arts.The Love Guru
September 13, 2009
The amatory exploits of Peirithous and Theseus are equally unworthy.The Republic
To be sure, this was not by any means his first amatory venture.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
Of the Elizabethan amatory verses only a small portion has been transmitted to us.Tudor and Stuart Love Songs
In fact, gregarious and amatory as are the Ana, Frogs are still more so.The Coming Race
Edward Bulwer Lytton
In the child, the moods of the amatory sentiment are exceedingly variable.The Sexual Life of the Child
- of, relating to, or inciting sexual love or desire
C16: from Latin amātōrius, from amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amatory
1590s, "pertaining to love" (especially sexual love), from Latin amatorius "loving," from amatus, past participle of amare (see Amy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper