Eros

noun
\ ˈer-ˌäs How to pronounce Eros (audio) , ˈir- How to pronounce Eros (audio) \

Definition of Eros

1 : the Greek god of erotic love — compare cupid
2 : the sum of life-preserving instincts that are manifested as impulses to gratify basic needs, as sublimated impulses, and as impulses to protect and preserve the body and mind — compare death instinct
3a : love conceived by Plato as a fundamental creative impulse having a sensual element
b often not capitalized : erotic love or desire

First Known Use of Eros

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Eros

Greek Erōs, from erōs sexual love; akin to Greek erasthai to love, desire

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“Eros.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Eros. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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Eros

noun
\ ˈe(ə)r-ˌäs How to pronounce Eros (audio) , ˈi(ə)r- How to pronounce Eros (audio) \

Medical Definition of Eros

: the sum of life-preserving instincts that are manifested as impulses to gratify basic needs (as sex), as sublimated impulses motivated by the same needs, and as impulses to protect and preserve the body and mind

called also life instinct

— compare death instinct

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