erotic

adjective
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

Watch an erotic video Contrary to stereotype, research shows that women get very visually aroused, says Mintz. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best 7 Masturbation Tips to Get You Super Turned On When You're Solo," 23 Mar. 2019 By the present day, the pre-1967 erotic suggestiveness of movies has been replaced by the pornography of pain, bloodshed, torture and ever more messy deaths. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Some people are more aroused by the physical aspect of BDSM, like erotic spanking, while others are turned on by the mental component, such as a dominant partner dictating what her submissive partner should wear. Rachel Kramer Bussel, SELF, "I Suddenly Stopped Being Kinky and I’m Not Sure Why," 1 Mar. 2019 The wind-up of the erotic romance trilogy, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, stands at $89.6 million total. Kevin Crust, latimes.com, "Game over: ‘Black Panther’ annihilates the competition with a $108-million second weekend," 25 Feb. 2018 The line the Mulleavys continue to walk in all of their work—fashion, cinema, performance—between hard and soft, tacky and transcendent, erotic and innocent, horror films and heavenly visions, is compelling, challenging, and crazy fun to behold. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Even so, Minkel doesn’t think everyone is going to hate the purge of erotic material. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 LiveJournal users in the community would create fanworks — some erotic, some not — in writing and with images. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 Romantic, erotic, philosophical and complex, the movie only illuminates the beauty of Kundera's brilliant prose through the equally brilliant acting of its talented cast. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010

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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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erotic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of erotic

: relating to sex : causing sexual feelings

erotic

adjective
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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