noun, plural E·ro·tes [uh-roh-teez] /əˈroʊ tiz/ for 2, 3.
- the libido.
- instincts for self-preservation collectively.
Examples from the Web for eros
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Ambition, eros, family love and dissolution, fame, depression, resignation, satisfaction.Philip Roth’s Departure from Writing is Well Deserved|Bernard Avishai|November 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Eros, the life force, desperately trying to find a foothold in the arid landscape of Ordinary Life.
How often had he laughed it to scorn, and boasted that he was armed against the arrows of Eros!A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete|Georg Ebers
And she said within herself: 'Can this strange passion be the messenger of Eros?'Saronia|Richard Short
You may laugh—but to-day Paris might meet Helen with impunity, for Eros has shot his whole store of arrows into me.The Sisters, Complete|Georg Ebers
The story of the raising of Eros and Anteros may be found in his life by Eunapius.The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4|Lord Byron
Beneath the breath of Eros—the first of the gods,—plants, animals, and thoughts sprang into being.The Revolt of the Angels|Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for eros
Word Origin for Eros
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.
Medicine definitions for eros
Culture definitions for eros
[Roman name Cupid]
A Greek and Roman god of love, often called the son of Aphrodite. He is better known by his Roman name.