- 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.
Also er·o·tism [er-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˈɛr əˌtɪz əm/.
Origin of eroticism
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Examples from the Web for eroticism
“Politics and celebrity — there is a bit of eroticism in the show too, and also cultural critique,” Phillips explains.Richard Phillips Brings Rock 'n' Roll to Dallas
April 3, 2014
We Americans are still pretty strong on eroticism, but all too often it is fear that spurs us or restrains us.How to Fight for Freedom in 2014
December 29, 2013
Islam has a very rich tradition of sacred sexuality and eroticism.Osama's Dirty Mind
Asra Q. Nomani
May 14, 2011
Homoeroticism might be how this particular repressed desire gets expressed, but intimacy is not the same thing as eroticism.What Don't Ask, Don't Tell Protects
December 4, 2010
Eroticism is no more a vice than sexual anæsthesia is a virtue.The Sexual Question
There are yet other evidences of degeneration; witness the eroticism that is to be found in our literature.Religion and Lust
He lacks passion, and he is never wanton; his eroticism is only Epicureanism.Anatole France
Georg Morris Cohen Brandes
But that which he knew best of all was the history of eroticism.Idling in Italy
She was a person of strong common sense, and this mixture of religion and eroticism disgusted her.Beatrice
H. Rider Haggard
- 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Sexual excitement.
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