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adjective Also 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.
  3. subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.
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  1. an erotic poem.
  2. an erotic person.
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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 formse·rot·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·e·rot·ic, adjectivenon·e·rot·ic, adjectivenon·e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·e·rot·ic, adjectivepseu·do·e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-e·rot·ic, adjectivequa·si-e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverbun·e·rot·ic, adjective
Can be confusederotic erratic exotic


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  • In this connection, erotic subjects play a sad and powerful part.

  • One might call Cecily a stoical amorist, an erotic philosopher.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Every action of the monk was that of an arrogant and erotic swindler.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • He handed Andrea the rare volume, which was illustrated with erotic vignettes.

    The Child of Pleasure

    Gabriele D'Annunzio

  • Amateurs were right: Gamelin had no gifts as an erotic artist.

    The Gods are Athirst

    Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for erotic


adjective Also: 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
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  1. a person who has strong sexual desires or is especially responsive to sexual stimulation
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Derived Formserotically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Greek erōtikos of love, from erōs love
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Word Origin and History for erotic


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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

erotic in Medicine


  1. Of or concerning sexual love and desire.
  2. Tending to arouse sexual desire.
  3. Dominated by sexual love or desire.
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