[ ih-roh-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh, ih-rot-uh- ]

  1. abnormally strong or persistent sexual desire.

Origin of erotomania

First recorded in 1870–75; eroto- + -mania

Other words from erotomania

  • e·ro·to·ma·ni·ac [ih-roh-tuh-mey-nee-ak, ih-rot-uh-], /ɪˌroʊ təˈmeɪ niˌæk, ɪˌrɒt ə-/, noun
  • e·ro·to·man·ic [ih-roh-tuh-man-ik, ih-rot-uh-], /ɪˌroʊ təˈmæn ɪk, ɪˌrɒt ə-/, adjective

Words Nearby erotomania Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use erotomania in a sentence

  • erotomania (satyriasis and nymphomania), or abnormal exaltation of the sexual appetite.

    The Sexual Question | August Forel
  • In Spain and Italy, religious melancholy, and that most vexatious species of insanity called erotomania, are the more common.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience | J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • Ulrich von Lichtenstein, in the thirteenth century, is the typical example of this chivalrous erotomania.

British Dictionary definitions for erotomania


/ (ɪˌrɒtəʊˈmeɪnɪə) /

  1. abnormally strong sexual desire

  2. a condition in which a person is obsessed with another person and groundlessly believes that person to be in love with him or her

Derived forms of erotomania

  • erotomaniac, noun

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