[ ih-rot-ik ]
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adjectiveAlso e·rot·i·cal.
  1. arousing or satisfying sexual desire: an erotic dance.

  2. of, relating to, or treating of sexual love; amatory: an erotic novel.

  1. subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.

  1. an erotic poem.

  2. 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

Other words for erotic

Other words from erotic

  • e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·e·rot·ic, adjective
  • non·e·rot·ic, adjective
  • non·e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • pseu·do·e·rot·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-e·rot·ic, adjective
  • qua·si-e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·e·rot·ic, adjective

Words that may be confused with erotic

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How to use erotic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for erotic


/ (ɪˈrɒtɪk) /

adjectiveAlso: erotical
  1. of, concerning, or arousing sexual desire or giving sexual pleasure

  2. marked by strong sexual desire or being especially sensitive to sexual stimulation

  1. a person who has strong sexual desires or is especially responsive to sexual stimulation

Origin of erotic

C17: from Greek erōtikos of love, from erōs love

Derived forms of erotic

  • erotically, adverb

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