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[eer-os, er-os] /ˈɪər ɒs, ˈɛr ɒs/
noun, plural Erotes
[uh-roh-teez] /əˈroʊ tiz/ (Show IPA),
for 2, 3.
the ancient Greek god of love, identified by the Romans with Cupid.
a representation of this god.
a winged figure of a child representing love or the power of love.
(sometimes lowercase) physical love; sexual desire.
Compare agape2 (def 2).
Astronomy. an asteroid that approaches to within 14 million miles (22.5 million km) of the earth once every 44 years.
  1. the libido.
  2. instincts for self-preservation collectively. Unabridged
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  • If Eros had the final decision, her choice might perhaps fall on one of the artists.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Eros, patron saint of the laundryman, conducts ancient rituals.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • As mischievous Eros played one day with his bow and arrows, Apollo beheld him and spoke to him mockingly.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • I've seen classes on Vesta, Juno, and Eros—and they're all the same.

    Anchorite Randall Garrett
  • We turn to the extraordinary fluctuations in the light of Eros, and the equally extraordinary conclusions drawn from them.

    Other Worlds Garrett P. Serviss
  • Odd, that the visit of Eros should a second time be succeeded by a motor-jaunt!

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Charming and lovely divinities, as Aphrodite, Eros, and Persephone.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
British Dictionary definitions for Eros


/ˈɪərɒs; ˈɛrɒs/
(Greek myth) the god of love, son of Aphrodite Roman counterpart Cupid
Also called life instinct. (in Freudian theory) the group of instincts, esp sexual, that govern acts of self-preservation and that tend towards uninhibited enjoyment of life Compare Thanatos
Word Origin
Greek: desire, sexual love
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Word Origin and History for Eros

god of love, late 14c., from Greek eros (plural erates), literally "love," related to eran "to love," erasthai "to love, desire," of uncertain origin.

Freudian sense of "urge to self-preservation and sexual pleasure" is from 1922. Ancient Greek distinguished four ways of love: erao "to be in love with, to desire passionately or sexually;" phileo "have affection for;" agapao "have regard for, be contented with;" and stergo, used especially of the love of parents and children or a ruler and his subjects.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Eros in Medicine

Eros E·ros or e·ros (ěr'ŏs, ēr'-)

  1. In psychoanalytic theory, the sum of all instincts for self-preservation.

  2. Sexual drive; libido.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Eros in Culture
Eros [(air-os, eer-os)]

[Roman name Cupid]

A Greek and Roman god of love, often called the son of Aphrodite. He is better known by his Roman name.

Note: The word erotic comes from the Greek word eros, which is the term for sexual love itself, as well as the god's name.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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