erot·​i·​ca | \i-ˈrä-ti-kə \

Definition of erotica 

1 : literary or artistic works having an erotic theme or quality

2 : depictions of things erotic

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Anyway, sorry, that’s why Bigfoot erotica was all over Twitter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A shadowy influence campaign on Facebook is targeting liberal activists," 1 Aug. 2018 Our selections included raunchy Black erotica from authors like Zane, but the most enticing books were the ones that told gritty stories about navigating the streets., "SuperFly Is A Nostalgic Reintroduction To Urban Fiction," 14 June 2018 Former Houston Police Department Officer Stephen McGee is charged with stalking and five counts of possession of child erotica, authorities said. Jennifer Summer, Houston Chronicle, "Online child sex-crime investigation nets 60 arrests," 19 June 2018 There was a lot of subliminal, Freudian-level erotica in there. Jim Mclauchlin, WIRED, "The Secret History of the Racy Module That Almost Ruined D&D," 12 June 2018 Instead, there remains a bit of a misconception that all of modern erotica is somehow similar to Fifty Shades, with female submissives being the name of the game., "21 Steamy Erotic Stories Written By Women — & Why They’re Important," 18 May 2018 This is no mere fan letter; no mere exercise in soft-core intellectual erotica constructed for your amusement. Elisa Albert, Longreads, "Etta or Bessie or Dora or Rose," 24 May 2018 In his plea agreement, the actor admitted to downloading more than 50,000 images of child pornography and erotica — sexualized images of children — on his laptop and 4,000 other photos and 160 videos of child pornography on a thumb drive. Richard Winton,, "Former 'Glee' actor Mark Salling found dead of apparent suicide, weeks before child porn case sentencing," 30 Jan. 2018 Other National Review writers, notably Guy Davenport and Theodore Sturgeon, also dabbled in literary erotica. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Triumph of Porn Over Social Conservatism," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of erotica

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for erotica

New Latin, from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikos

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English Language Learners Definition of erotica

: works of art or literature that deal with sex and are meant to cause sexual feelings : erotic works

erot·​i·​ca | \i-ˈrät-i-kə \

Medical Definition of erotica 

: literary or artistic works having an erotic theme or quality

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