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

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Recent Examples on the Web Video dates, sexting, reading erotica to each other over Facetime and dropping into chat rooms are all approved as alternative options to hooking up with someone outside your self-isolation zone. Aidin Vaziri,, "Coronavirus FAQ: What is safe sex in the social distancing era?," 23 Mar. 2020 Good erotica is hard to write; graceful and convincing audio drama is hard to produce; and the awkwardness of flawed attempts at both is excruciating. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "The Audio App That’s Transforming Erotica," 21 July 2019 For evidence, see the thousands of options on Amazon’s Audible, which sells works by heavy-hitters in the community like Zane and Rachel Kramer Bussel, or the DIY audio erotica craze on YouTube. Jessie Militare, Marie Claire, "The Future of Women-Friendly Erotica Is Audio Porn, According to This App," 26 Dec. 2018 Rachel Kramer Bussel, erotica author and editor, agrees. Irina Gonzalez, Glamour, "5 Reasons You're Not Having an Orgasm (And How to Make It More Likely)," 31 Dec. 2019 Beyond tapping into millions of readers’ thirst for mid-tier erotica, 50 Shades also epitomized two evolutions in book publishing. Oliver Staley, Quartzy, "The 2010s will be remembered as the decade of avocado toast and BTS," 29 Nov. 2019 Images and audio are great, but sometimes there’s nothing better than reading some good old-fashioned erotica. Glamour, "15 Porn Sites for Women That You’ll Really, Really Enjoy," 27 Sep. 2019 Quinn streams audio-only erotica with not a GIF or video in sight, and the platform features messaging, likes, and comments like any other social media platform. Wired, "146 New Android Bugs, an Audio Porn Streaming Site, and More News," 15 Nov. 2019 Down from the attic’s pitched stairs, the foundation’s vast erotica collection unspools, occupying most walls and some ceilings; there’s also a library. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of erotica was in 1819

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“Erotica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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


noun plural 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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