- arousing or satisfying sexual desire: an erotic dance.
- of, relating to, or treating of sexual love; amatory: an erotic novel.
- subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.
- an erotic poem.
- an erotic person.
Origin of erotic
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Examples from the Web for erotics
A poem that relies on the image of a storm-tossed boat to put the "row" in "erotics."Five Poems of Passion
February 14, 2009
Socrates described his philosophy as the science of erotics.A Problem in Greek Ethics
John Addington Symonds
Much of their erotics she only half understood, but that made it all the more lovely.
To prove this with all the rigidity of demonstration desirable is in the present state of erotics beyond our power.The Soul of the Far East
As Frenchmen, they thought little about marrying, but as young Parisians they led a life into which erotics entered largely.
- of, concerning, or arousing sexual desire or giving sexual pleasure
- marked by strong sexual desire or being especially sensitive to sexual stimulation
- a person who has strong sexual desires or is especially responsive to sexual stimulation
C17: from Greek erōtikos of love, from erōs love
Word Origin and History for erotics
1620s (implied in erotical), from French érotique (16c.), from Greek erotikos "caused by passionate love, referring to love," from eros (genitive erotos) "sexual love" (see Eros).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or concerning sexual love and desire.
- Tending to arouse sexual desire.
- Dominated by sexual love or desire.
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