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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. written works, usually fiction, dealing with sexual love.
  2. sexually explicit art, photographs, sculptures, or the like, depicting human sexuality.
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Origin of erotica

1850–55; < Greek, neuter plural of erōtikós erotic
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  • Nevertheless, that is the method which the author of the Erotica Biblon adopts for portraying the morals of the Jewish people.

    The Satyricon, Complete

    Petronius Arbiter

British Dictionary definitions for erotica


pl n
  1. explicitly sexual literature or art
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikos erotic
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Word Origin and History for erotica


1820, noun use of neuter plural of Greek erotikos "amatory" (see erotic); originally a booksellers' catalogue heading.

Force Flame
And with a Blonde push
Over your impotence
Flits Steam
[Emily Dickinson, #854, c.1864]
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