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

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Deep Water is to be directed by Adrian Lyne, the longtime director known for his past erotic thriller films, including Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal. Helen Murphy,, "Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in Erotic Thriller from the Director of Fatal Attraction: Report," 2 Aug. 2019 This next story is another erotic thriller based on author Patricia Highsmith’s 1957 novel about Vic and Melinda Van Allen, a young married couple whose attractive image masks the loveless relationship underneath. Nick Romano,, "Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas to join Fatal Attraction director's next erotic thriller," 2 Aug. 2019 Three friends — writers Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch and Emily Yoshida — share their very specific fascinations, such as erotic thrillers, haunted murder houses and energy drinks, often with a hint of conspiracy theory and a lot of healthy skepticism. Paige Hymson, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Play Next: The next generation of audio listeners is sliding podcasts into your DMs," 23 July 2019 Super erotic and bittersweet vignettes about Jessa’s love affair with Brynn flood the narrative, as do memories of Jessa’s father, a weird and complicated man. Eugenia Williamson,, "Kristen Arnett’s promising debut dwells in a Sunshine state of mind," 27 June 2019 In another medium, these dilemmas could easily come off as a certain kind of erotic cliché, sensational filler for advice columns and daytime talk shows. Leah Greenblatt,, "What Women Want: How two buzzy new books tackle female desire," 17 July 2019 Couples sit at the bar across from erotic prints of intertwined, naked women hanging from the deep purple walls. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "It's 'Cheers, but queer.' Louisville’s last lesbian bar reflects shift in LGBTQ nightlife," 28 June 2019 And a remarkable pair of semi-autobiographical melodramas — Tea with Mussolini and Forever Callas — revealed the complexity of his personal, political, and spiritual ethics, embodied by performers who were also erotic ideals. Armond White, National Review, "Franco Zeffirelli: Unlikely Conservative Hero," 20 June 2019 The free resource provides some of the hottest erotic fiction and fantasy on the internet from a variety of authors and points of view. Glamour, "15 Porn Sites for Women That You'll Really, Really Enjoy," 20 May 2019

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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 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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to shake or wave menacingly

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