erotic

[ ih-rot-ik ]
/ ɪˈrɒt ɪk /

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.

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 forms
Can be confusederotic erratic exotic
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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 Formserotically, adverb

Word Origin for erotic

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

erotic


adj.

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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Medicine 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.
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