- arousing or satisfying sexual desire: an erotic dance.
- of, relating to, or treating of sexual love; amatory: an erotic novel.
- subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.
- an erotic poem.
- an erotic person.
Origin of erotic
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Examples from the Web for erotic
Who was the most erotic poet of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, when the quatrain reached its courtly zenith?Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
It was about his art-making, but the communal life was based on erotic liberation.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
Meanwhile, Carmela has an erotic religion-tinged flirtation with Father Phil back at the house.David Chase on Tony Soprano’s Fate, the State of TV, and Why He Couldn’t Finish ‘True Detective’
September 4, 2014
Wetlands, based on the bestselling German erotic novel of the same name, is the year's dirtiest—and weirdest—movie.‘Wetlands,’ About A Bodily Fluid-Obsessed German Teen, Is the Year's Raunchiest Film
August 29, 2014
The Velvet Tongue is an erotic literary soiree held by poet Ernesto Sarezale.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
In this connection, erotic subjects play a sad and powerful part.The Sexual Question
One might call Cecily a stoical amorist, an erotic philosopher.Changing Winds</p>
St. John G. Ervine
Every action of the monk was that of an arrogant and erotic swindler.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
He handed Andrea the rare volume, which was illustrated with erotic vignettes.The Child of Pleasure
Amateurs were right: Gamelin had no gifts as an erotic artist.The Gods are Athirst
- of, concerning, or arousing sexual desire or giving sexual pleasure
- marked by strong sexual desire or being especially sensitive to sexual stimulation
- a person who has strong sexual desires or is especially responsive to sexual stimulation
Word Origin and History for erotic
1620s (implied in erotical), from French érotique (16c.), from Greek erotikos "caused by passionate love, referring to love," from eros (genitive erotos) "sexual love" (see Eros).
- Of or concerning sexual love and desire.
- Tending to arouse sexual desire.
- Dominated by sexual love or desire.