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eroticism

[ ih-rot-uh-siz-uhm ]
/ 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.
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Also er·o·tism [er-uh-tiz-uhm]. /ˈɛr əˌtɪz əm/.

Origin of eroticism

First recorded in 1880–85; erotic + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM eroticism

e·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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Medical definitions for eroticism

eroticism
[ ĭ-rŏtĭ-sĭz′əm ]

n.
Sexual excitement.
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