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

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 Decorative Greek vessels, for example, depicted moments from Greek mythology, the triumphs of great athletes, and even erotic scenes. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2022 The erotic waffles started popping up in Taiwan’s night markets several years ago, then in Bangkok, Spain, and during the pandemic in Paris, London and Toronto. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 17 May 2022 Between breathlessly erotic encounters and lavish, tropical escapades, Feyi returns again and again to that stark pain. The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 The catalogue essays point to the obvious sensuality of the woman, to the erotic drama of her captivity and the way that invites viewers, especially men, to objectify her for visual gratification. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Bigna is used to having everything under control, even her erotic desires follow rules. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 13 May 2022 His interest in their bodies was more appraising than erotic. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Full of puns and erotic innuendos, courtesan songs typically lament trysts that must take place in secret, meetings that don’t materialize, and the oppressiveness of polite society. Priyanka Mattoo, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 David Tunick also presents Edvard Munch’s erotic nude Madonna, enveloped in multiple-colored waves of spermatozoa. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Erotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for erotic


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

More from Merriam-Webster on erotic

Nglish: Translation of erotic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of erotic for Arabic Speakers


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