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

Examples of erotic in a Sentence

the erotic aspects of the story of Beauty and the Beast
Recent Examples on the Web But impurists will be satisfied that the erotic intensity between them is so palpable, even when Godwin dissipates it by cutting away from the theatrical moment to a filmed montage in some other dimension. New York Times, "Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Cut in Half and Twice as Good," 22 Apr. 2021 Decision to Leave is Park’s first film since his 201 erotic thriller The Handmaiden. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, "Park Chan-Wook Signs On For TV Adaptation Of ‘The Sympathizer’," 9 Apr. 2021 Not all fanfiction is erotic — some can be a simple exploration into alternative plotlines for beloved characters. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Fanfiction Is Cringey & Beautiful — No Wonder It’s Having A Moment," 13 Apr. 2021 Following a string of hits–and Jennifer’s Body–that established Seyfried’s leading lady bona fides, this erotic drama signaled a change of pace for the enigmatic young star. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "A Look Back at Amanda Seyfried’s Most Memorable Performances, From Mean Girls to Mank," 9 Apr. 2021 The texts went from erratic to erotic so fast that Robbins actually wants to use them to defend Jeff. Correspondent Maureen Maher, CBS News, "Did Kat West's online life play a role in her mysterious death?," 10 Apr. 2021 Engel dares to imagine an elegant and plausible erotic arc for a human-bear relationship. Claire Cameron, The New Yorker, "“Bear” Is About Much More Than Having Sex with a Bear," 5 Apr. 2021 At times poignant, eerily erotic, and surreal, the film is a meditation on frustrated yearnings for freedom, self-determination, and escape from a one-time travel gateway that has become a prison of memories. Steven Litt, cleveland, "MOCA Cleveland’s new shows raise more questions than they answer about 2020 turmoil over racial blind spots," 4 Apr. 2021 The erotic massage economy has become ubiquitous in American culture and touches every socio-economic stratum. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, "Inside The $4.5 Billion Erotic Massage Parlor Economy," 4 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Erotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 erotic (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 erotic (audio) \ adverb

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