View synonyms for eroticism


[ ih-rot-uh-siz-uhm ]


  1. the sexual or erotic quality or character of something.
  2. the use of sexually arousing or suggestive symbolism, settings, allusions, situations, etc., in art, literature, drama, or the like.
  3. the condition of being sexually aroused or excited.
  4. sexual drive or tendency.
  5. an abnormally persistent sexual drive.


/ ɪˈrɒtɪˌsɪzəm; ˈɛrəˌtɪzəm /


  1. erotic quality or nature
  2. the use of sexually arousing or pleasing symbolism in literature or art
  3. sexual excitement or desire
  4. a tendency to exalt sex
  5. psychol an overt display of sexual behaviour

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Other Words From

  • e·roti·cist noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of eroticism1

First recorded in 1880–85; erotic + -ism
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Example Sentences

He is the amalgamation of eroticism, grief, healing, and appreciating the richness of life itself.

For all the vulgar jokes we collectively enjoy, there's a cultural disconnect between sexual humor and actual eroticism.

“Politics and celebrity — there is a bit of eroticism in the show too, and also cultural critique,” Phillips explains.

We Americans are still pretty strong on eroticism, but all too often it is fear that spurs us or restrains us.

But there was more to it than an alternative-looking eroticism -- the real story was actually the technology.

Islam has a very rich tradition of sacred sexuality and eroticism.

And soon I became quite familiar with the devious, vicious, dirtily-pleasant eroticism of Soho.

The sensuous and voluptuous libertine is enchanted by the eroticism of the “Roman Elegies.”

The antique bas-relief awakens the slumbering eroticism in him and makes the childhood memories active.

Thus delusion triumphs anew every time that eroticism and resistance struggle anew.

The rejection of the eroticism, which dominates him, expresses itself there in his abhorrence of honeymoon travellers.