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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The Dipsea library is an erotica-lover’s dream, categorized by moods and scenarios and tastefully curated according to common fantasies. Jessie Militare, Marie Claire, "The Future of Women-Friendly Erotica Is Audio Porn, According to This App," 26 Dec. 2018 Unlike mainstream film festivals, which might connect you to a potential distribution deal, erotic film festivals are mostly just a way to showcase your work to other filmmakers and erotica fans who are enough in the know to attend these events. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "What if porn, but for women," 18 Sep. 2018 Now he has been exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Virginia Political Candidate Says Opponent Draws Bigfoot Porn, and That Shouldn't Matter," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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