aphrodisiac [af-r uh- dee-ze-ak, - diz-ee-ak] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com Also aph·ro·di·si·a·cal . [af-r uh-d uh- zahy- uh-k uh l, - sahy-] /ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-/ arousing sexual desire. an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire. Origin of aphrodisiac 1710–20;
ós relating to love or desire, equivalent to
) of Aphrodite +
-akos -ac Related forms an·ti·aph·ro·dis·i·ac, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-aphrodisiac a drug, food, etc, that excites sexual desire exciting or heightening sexual desire Word Origin
C18: from Greek
aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios belonging to Aphrodite
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Word Origin and History for anti-aphrodisiac aphrodisiac n.
1719, from Greek
aphrodisiakos "inducing sexual desire," from aphrodisios, "pertaining to Aphrodite; sexual pleasure; a temple of Aphrodite," Greek goddess of love and beauty. As an adjective from 1830 (earlier was aphrodisical, 1719)
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anti-aphrodisiac in Medicine aphrodisiac (ăf′rə-dĭz ′ē-ăk′, -dē ′zē-) Arousing, increasing, or intensifying sexual desire. An aphrodisiac drug or food. Related forms aph′ro•di•si ( ′a•cal -dĭ-zī) ′ĭ-kəl adj.
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anti-aphrodisiac in Culture aphrodisiac [(af-ruh- dee-zee-ak, af-ruh- diz-ee-ak)]
A substance or quality that excites sexual desire.
Aphrodisiacs are named after
, the Greek goddess of love.
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