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erotic

[ ih-rot-ik ]
/ ɪˈrɒt ɪk /
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adjective Also e·rot·i·cal.
arousing or satisfying sexual desire: an erotic dance.
of, relating to, or treating of sexual love; amatory: an erotic novel.
subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.
noun
an erotic poem.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM erotic

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH erotic

erotic , erratic, exotic
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ABOUT THIS WORD

What does erotic mean?

Erotic is an adjective used to describe things that are or are intended to be sexually arousing or pleasurable, as in erotic novel or erotic dancing.

Example: It’s a regular bookstore, but it has an erotic literature section. 

Erotic can also be used to describe something that relates to or involves sex or sexual content, as in The virus was linked to ads on erotic websites. 

The related noun erotica refers to works like films and literature that are primarily erotic or that contain erotic elements.

Material that contains graphic sexual content is often referred to as pornography or porn (epecially when that’s all it contains). Labelling things as erotic may be an attempt to indicate that sexual elements are only part of the content, or simply to make them sound more tasteful or highbrow.

Much less commonly, erotic can be used as a noun to refer to a person who has intense sexual desire is easily sexually stimulated.

Where does erotic come from?

The first records of the word erotic come from the early 1600s. It comes from the Greek erōtikós, meaning “of love,” “caused by love,” or “given to love,” from erōs, love.

Sex and love have been linked since ancient times, and the root erōs is the basis for other terms involving sex, such as eros, meaning “physical love” or “sexual desire,” and erogenous, meaning “sensitive to sexual stimulation.”

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The word erotic is often used in the context of movies and books with sexual content.

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British Dictionary definitions for erotic

erotic
/ (ɪˈrɒtɪk) /

adjective Also: erotical
of, concerning, or arousing sexual desire or giving sexual pleasure
marked by strong sexual desire or being especially sensitive to sexual stimulation
noun
a person who has strong sexual desires or is especially responsive to sexual stimulation

Derived forms of erotic

erotically, adverb

Word Origin for erotic

C17: from Greek erōtikos of love, from erōs love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for erotic

erotic
[ ĭ-rŏtĭk ]

adj.
Of or concerning sexual love and desire.
Tending to arouse sexual desire.
Dominated by sexual love or desire.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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