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eroticism

[ ih-rot-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ɪˈrɒt əˌsɪz əm /
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noun

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

RELATED WORDS

lust, libido, titillation, stimulation, arousal

Nearby words

erotema, erotes, erotetic, erotic, erotica, eroticism, eroticize, erotism, eroto-, erotogenesis, erotogenic
Also er·o·tism [er-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˈɛr əˌtɪz əm/.

Origin of eroticism

First recorded in 1880–85; erotic + -ism
Related formse·rot·i·cist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for eroticism

eroticism

erotism (ˈɛrəˌtɪzəm)

/ (ɪˈrɒtɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

erotic quality or nature
the use of sexually arousing or pleasing symbolism in literature or art
sexual excitement or desire
a tendency to exalt sex
psychol an overt display of sexual behaviour
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Word Origin and History for eroticism

eroticism


n.

1881, from erotic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for eroticism

eroticism

[ ĭ-rŏtĭ-sĭz′əm ]

n.

Sexual excitement.
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