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 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 Few day-trippers expect to stumble across an exhibition of gay erotica. B.f. | Kendal, The Economist, "Revisiting Tom of Finland’s sexually explicit oeuvre," 24 Oct. 2019 Like the name suggests, X-Art offers members a collection of truly beautiful and, well, artistic, erotica. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The Hottest Porn for Women on the Internet," 13 Aug. 2019 Boyle has spoken publicly of his prolific activity as a Wikipedia editor, which Canada’s National Post has reported exceeded 60,000 edits and focused on areas including terrorism, Star Wars, erotica and Nazi Germany. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "‘No one just goes hiking in Afghanistan’: American woman gave birth as a Taliban hostage. Now she seeks to end her mystery.," 23 Aug. 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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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Erotica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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
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Medical Definition of erotica

: literary or artistic works having an erotic theme or quality

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