erot·​i·​ca | \ i-ˈrä-ti-kə How to pronounce erotica (audio) \

Definition of erotica

1 : literary or artistic works having an erotic theme or quality
2 : depictions of things erotic

Examples of erotica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tom of Finland’s gay erotica needs no introduction. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Possession of child erotica is a relatively new criminal charge in Rhode Island., 31 Oct. 2021 The museum considered putting its erotica in the main showroom and decided to keep it separate to respect the museum’s history, said museum director Ulla Holmquist. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 The controversy culminated in Babin charging Netflix for promoting child erotica (content that depicts children in a lewd manner, not to be mistaken for child pornography). Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2022 In her new comedy-horror series for STARZ, Shining Vale, Cox plays an erotica novelist who moves to a new town with her husband (Gregg Kinnear) and two children while tackling her depression, sobriety, and the eery vibe of their new house. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 22 Feb. 2022 Agathe Roussel's nihilistic model prefers to practice auto-erotica her way, and her communion with a Cadillac is both unsettling and weirdly beautiful. Leah Greenblatt,, 13 Dec. 2021 The scenery was pinier and more romantic than the tree erotica of a Yankee Candle jar. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Most gutting, though, is the brutal shaming of poor Lily, who just wanted to share her alien erotica with other people who might enjoy it and instead has become a laughingstock. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Erotica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
erot·​i·​ca | \ i-ˈrät-i-kə How to pronounce erotica (audio) \

Medical Definition of erotica

: literary or artistic works having an erotic theme or quality

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