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amorous

[am-er-uh s] /ˈæm ər əs/
adjective
1.
inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love:
an amorous disposition.
2.
showing or expressing love:
an amorous letter.
3.
of or relating to love:
amorous poetry.
4.
being in love; enamored:
She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.
Origin of amorous
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin amōrōsus, equivalent to amor love + -ōsus -ose1, -ous
Related forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, amorosity
[am-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌæm əˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonamorous, adjective
nonamorously, adverb
nonamorousness, noun
unamorous, adjective
unamorously, adverb
unamorousness, noun
Synonyms
1. loving; amatory. 2. passionate, impassioned; fond, tender. 3. erotic.
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Examples from the Web for amorously
Historical Examples
  • He kissed her violently, and when the kiss was slow in coming she provoked it, amorously.

    A Virgin Heart Remy de Gourmont
  • He shows it when kissing and amorously fondling the glove she has refused.

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker
  • The spirit of the South overspread her with its wings and took her amorously in its arms.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • He translated vaguely and amorously from the Italian, and had a great deal to do with the composition of the Guirlande de Julie.

  • It was in the arbour, on the same seat of old sticks where formerly Leon had looked at her so amorously on the summer evenings.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • He represents Piccini precipitating himself at the feet of the singer, and amorously squeezing her hand.

  • It was in the arbor, on the same seat of old sticks where formerly Léon had looked at her so amorously on the summer evenings.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Accordingly, throwing her arms about his neck, she kissed him amorously and he on like wise kissed her.

  • There she is welcomed by her numerous kinswomen, who stroke and lick her amorously, and bestow on her a maternal kiss.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • Why, once Ali had waded into the lake up to his waist to rescue two amorously fluttering butterflies that had fallen into it!

British Dictionary definitions for amorously

amorous

/ˈæmərəs/
adjective
1.
inclined towards or displaying love or desire
2.
in love
3.
of or relating to love
Derived Forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor love
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Word Origin and History for amorously

amorous

adj.

c.1300, from Old French amorous (Modern French amoureux), from Late Latin amorosum, from amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Related: Amorously; amorousness.

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