- 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 erotism
In the life of the rural population into which I was plunged everything was impregnated with erotism.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)
As Maria's erotism later found satisfaction in her father, her love toward the moon steadily receded.
I have above taken it for granted that Maria's erotism was satisfied through her care for her father.
- 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 erotism
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- Sexual excitement.
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