- of or relating to lovers or lovemaking; expressive of love: amatory poems; an amatory look.
Also am·a·to·ri·al [am-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-ee-uh l] /ˌæm əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əl/.
Origin of amatory
1590–1600; < Latin amātōrius, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tōrius -tory1
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amorous, ardent, passionate.
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Examples from the Web for amatorial
A small quantity of passion, dexterously meted out, may be ample to inspire an amatorial poet.Amenities of Literature
- of, relating to, or inciting sexual love or desire
C16: from Latin amātōrius, from amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amatorial
1590s, "pertaining to love" (especially sexual love), from Latin amatorius "loving," from amatus, past participle of amare (see Amy).
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