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[am-er-uh s] /ˈæm ər əs/
inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love:
an amorous disposition.
showing or expressing love:
an amorous letter.
of or relating to love:
amorous poetry.
being in love; enamored:
She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.
Origin of amorous
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),
nonamorous, adjective
nonamorously, adverb
nonamorousness, noun
unamorous, adjective
unamorously, adverb
unamorousness, noun
1. loving; amatory. 2. passionate, impassioned; fond, tender. 3. erotic. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for amorousness
Historical Examples
  • He gazed down upon her with a mixture of amorousness and awe.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • She did not love him, and the amorousness of the unloved is a bore.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • Her trouble was that thoughts and ambitions were in conflict with Gaga's amorousness.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • Men, when it came to her type of beauty, were a little too suggestive of their amorousness.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • As she would not endure the amorousness, irritability invariably resulted.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • We know his defiant celebrations of Sex, of amorousness, of maternity; of that Love of Comrades which "passeth the love of women."

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • I can no longer justify it by my love for the beautiful, or my amorousness, or the faults of my companion.

    My Religion Leo Tolstoy
  • The spectacle of their passion will doubtless be a new one for me, and I shall give my amorousness a rest.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
British Dictionary definitions for amorousness


inclined towards or displaying love or desire
in love
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 amorousness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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