erot·​ic | \ i-ˈrä-tik How to pronounce erotic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly erotical \ i-​ˈrä-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce erotical (audio) \

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 How to pronounce erotically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of erotic in a Sentence

the erotic aspects of the story of Beauty and the Beast
Recent Examples on the Web What follows is a sharp and erotic domestic drama, sometimes comic yet darkened by the looming Nazi occupation. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 25 May 2020 Lastly, though, there’s something undeniably erotic about the taboos of Billy and Ruby’s relationship. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Why HBO's Run is the thirstiest show on TV right now," 17 May 2020 The show becomes a thing that’s neither fish nor fowl, not quite erotic enough or funny enough to be a hot, raunchy rom-com, and not quite plausible enough to be truly thrilling. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Merritt Wever Is Too Good For Run," 20 Apr. 2020 The club owners' lawsuit contends that the clubs' erotic entertainment is lawful and protected by the First Amendment. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Strip clubs sue to get COVID-19 relief money too," 15 Apr. 2020 The photograph is simultaneously erotic and surrealist. Alexandra Peers, WSJ, "‘Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables’ Review: Where the Gorgeous and Cryptic Meet," 1 Feb. 2020 The Oscar-winning actress plays Ms. Perky in the film, the high school principal hilariously balancing disciplining students while writing an erotic novel on the job. Ally Mauch,, "Allison Janney Forgot She Was in 10 Things I Hate About You: 'What Is This?'," 24 Apr. 2020 One Midwestern transplant, James Bidgood, staked his claim to art house fame — albeit anonymously at first — with the 1971 erotic fantasy Pink Narcissus, rumored for a while to be the work of Warhol. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'P.S. Burn This Letter Please': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 23 Apr. 2020 The studio crackled with erotic energy, and in the mid-1950s the casting couch was an accepted furnishing. Elsa Dixler,, "Patricia Bosworth, actress-turned-author, 86," 5 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of erotic was in 1651

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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Erotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce erotic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of erotic

: relating to sex : causing sexual feelings


erot·​ic | \ i-ˈrät-ik How to pronounce erotic (audio) \
variants: also erotical \ i-​ˈrät-​i-​kəl How to pronounce erotical (audio) \

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 How to pronounce erotically (audio) \ adverb

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