erot·ic | \i-ˈrä-tik \
variants: or less commonly erotical \i-ˈrä-ti-kəl \

Definition of erotic 

1 : of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire erotic art

2 : strongly marked or affected by sexual desire

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Other Words from erotic

erotic noun
erotically \i-ˈrä-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of erotic in a Sentence

the erotic aspects of the story of Beauty and the Beast

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There are records of Japanese men sheathing their penises with primitive condoms made of stuff like leather (erotic) and tortoiseshell (no thanks). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Our sessions have gotten much more erotic over the years. The Cut, "The Sober Gym Manager in an Unconventional Relationship," 17 June 2018 Aristide’s struggle with his erotic side is trite and undeveloped. Hugh Hunter,, "'Can-Can' at Broadway Pitman: Energetic, with great song and dance, but dated," 30 Apr. 2018 His work, like that of his cocksure young protégé Egon Schiele (1890-1918)—famed for his moody, expressive portraits and raw, erotic nudes—seemed to echo the decadence of a world cursed by an inescapably dark destiny. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele’ and ‘Obsession’ Reviews: More Than Apocalyptic Visions," 9 July 2018 On one side of the book’s accordion fold are serene color photographs of the Bay of Naples, on the other images of erotic art that survived the eruption. Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 Their bond is complicated by flickers of erotic attraction that the film continually hints at without ever allowing them to take root. Justin Chang, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ paints a timid picture," 4 July 2018 The thriving erotic-gaming industry that originated in Japan is now going global. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Gaming Gets X-Rated–and Very Profitable," 30 June 2018 The pair are like fumbling virgins in a first erotic encounter. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of erotic

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for erotic

Greek erōtikos, from erōt-, erōs

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English Language Learners Definition of erotic

: relating to sex : causing sexual feelings


erot·ic | \i-ˈrät-ik \
variants: also erotical \i-ˈrät-i-kəl \

Medical Definition of erotic 

1 : of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire

2 : strongly marked or affected by sexual desire

Other Words from erotic

erotically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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