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[ih-rot-ik] /ɪˈrɒt ɪk/
adjective, Also, erotical
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
1615-25; < Greek erōtikós of love, caused by love, given to love, equivalent to erōt- (stem of érōs) Eros + -ikos -ic
Related forms
erotically, adverb
antierotic, adjective
nonerotic, adjective
nonerotically, adverb
pseudoerotic, adjective
pseudoerotically, adverb
quasi-erotic, adjective
quasi-erotically, adverb
unerotic, adjective
Can be confused
erotic, erratic, exotic.
1. sensuous, sexy, aphrodisiac, erogenous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for erotic
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  • What a sight for a young man of fifteen like me, whom the old man admitted as the only and silent witness of these erotic scenes!

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Minne came to have a bad meaning and was used for erotic passion.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In the same year Punch suggests a Bill should be promoted for "the better behaviour of the erotic and learned lord,"

  • The erotic element has been refined and suppressed, or at least disavowed.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • One might call Cecily a stoical amorist, an erotic philosopher.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for erotic


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
Derived Forms
erotically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek erōtikos of love, from erōs love
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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).

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erotic in Medicine

erotic e·rot·ic (ĭ-rŏt'ĭk)

  1. Of or concerning sexual love and desire.

  2. Tending to arouse sexual desire.

  3. Dominated by sexual love or desire.

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