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 elementb often not capitalized : erotic love or desire
Origin and Etymology of eros
Greek Erōs, from erōs sexual love; akin to Greek erasthai to love, desire
First Known Use: 14th century
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
Biographical Note for eros
Eros,, Greek mythological character. Eros was the son of Aphrodite. As the Greek god of love he excited erotic love in gods and mortals with his arrows and torches.
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