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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For decades, the phrase referred to a softer, and presumably more female-friendly genre of erotic content, one with good lighting, minimal close-ups of penetration, lots of cunnilingus, and, of course, an actual plot. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "What if porn, but for women," 18 Sep. 2018 Mascara names especially wouldn't sound out of place in an erotic novel. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Wore Sex-Themed Makeup for a Week and Felt Comically Thirsty," 8 Nov. 2018 Here, four books to enjoy, from the first English-language erotic novel to this season's toe-curlers. Good Housekeeping, "4 Steamy Reads," 9 Aug. 2012 Female arousal can hinge on a woman's erotic relationship with herself, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on her own self-image. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 Any erotic pain-play can stir up emotions in many of us. Gigi Engle, SELF, "Face Slapping 101: What You Need to Know Before Slapping During Sex," 12 Oct. 2018 Soranet’s anonymous founder, access to erotic material is a democratic right. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 Titian painted a notably erotic Mary Magdalene for her. Sarah Dunant, New York Times, "Who Was Vittoria Colonna? Just One of Italy’s Great Poets...," 1 June 2018 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

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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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