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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 erotics
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  • Socrates described his philosophy as the science of erotics.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics John Addington Symonds
  • Much of their erotics she only half understood, but that made it all the more lovely.

    Tales of Two Countries Alexander Kielland
  • To prove this with all the rigidity of demonstration desirable is in the present state of erotics beyond our power.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
  • As Frenchmen, they thought little about marrying, but as young Parisians they led a life into which erotics entered largely.

    Tales of Two Countries Alexander Kielland
British Dictionary definitions for erotics


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 erotics



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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erotics 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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