erot·​i·​cism | \ i-ˈrä-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce eroticism (audio) \

Definition of eroticism

1 : an erotic theme or quality
2 : a state of sexual arousal
3 : insistent sexual impulse or desire

Other Words from eroticism

eroticist \ i-​ˈrä-​tə-​sist How to pronounce eroticism (audio) \ noun

Examples of eroticism in a Sentence

the subtle eroticism of his films an actress known for her smoldering eroticism
Recent Examples on the Web Severed from the workplace intrigue of costumes and shoots, the show’s eroticism blooms. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 The director has since won a cult following for his idiosyncractic style, vivid depictions of violence and eroticism, and provocative imagery. Gavin Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 Rather, her face was a Baroque cathedral of angles and folds, angels and cherubs, that captured, at once, the sublime eroticism and starry-eyed naïveté of the counterculture’s new religion of desire. Erik Morse, Vogue, 17 Mar. 2022 Del Noce indicts the sweeping changes of secularism, eroticism, and relativism as the inevitable outcomes of Marx’s dialectical victory over religious and liberal foes. Richard M. Reinsch Ii, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 In the third act, the mirrors are tilted even further to objectify and sexualize the literal and metaphorical climax of the play, making its violence and eroticism inescapable. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Feb. 2022 Both schools reflect the myopic optimism of their makers, Rococo, with its excesses of ornamentation, pastel color palette, and curvaceous shapes evoking youth and eroticism; Disney with its flattened ideas about good and evil and tidy endings. New York Times, 26 Dec. 2021 In addition to its eroticism, the show is often, well, gross. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 As for the platform heels favored at red carpet events this year, Hemmelsack said the style plays off this eroticism as well as the surge in '90s nostalgia. CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of eroticism

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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erot·​i·​cism | \ i-ˈrät-ə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce eroticism (audio) \

Medical Definition of eroticism

1 : the arousal of or the attempt to arouse sexual feeling by means of suggestion, symbolism, or allusion (as in an art form)
2 : a state of sexual arousal or anticipation (as from stimulation of erogenous zones)
3 : insistent sexual impulse or desire

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