Eros [ eer-os, er-os ] SHOW IPA / ˈɪər ɒs, ˈɛr ɒs / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural E·ro·tes [ uh- roh-teez] /əˈroʊ tiz/ for 2, 3. the ancient Greek god of love, identified by the Romans with Cupid. a representation of this god. a winged figure of a child representing love or the power of love. ( sometimes lowercase) physical love; sexual desire. Compare agape. 2 (def 2) . Astronomy an asteroid that approaches to within 14 million miles (22.5 million km) of the earth once every 44 years. . Psychiatry the libido. instincts for self-preservation collectively.
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British Dictionary definitions for erotes noun Greek myth the god of love, son of Aphrodite Roman counterpart: Cupid Also called: life instinct (in Freudian theory) the group of instincts, esp sexual, that govern acts of self-preservation and that tend towards uninhibited enjoyment of life Compare Thanatos Word Origin for Eros
Greek: desire, sexual love
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Word Origin and History for erotes n.
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.
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Medicine definitions for erotes n. In psychoanalytic theory, the sum of all instincts for self-preservation. Sexual drive; libido.
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Culture definitions for erotes
A Greek and Roman god of love, often called the son of
Aphrodite. He is better known by his Roman name. Note
erotic comes from the Greek word eros, which is the term for sexual love itself, as well as the god's name.
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