eroticism

noun

erot·​i·​cism i-ˈrä-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce eroticism (audio)
1
: an erotic theme or quality
2
: a state of sexual arousal
3
: insistent sexual impulse or desire
eroticist 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 The film experiments with audience expectations and camera angles, crafting a zippy, playful, electric tale of competition and eroticism. Ew Staff Published, EW.com, 11 July 2024 But that proves to be only its aesthetic: There’s neither eroticism nor thrills here, just a cute costume. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2024 Today, films are often played to reach the broadest possible audience, and in doing so turn down the eroticism, or are cornered into becoming a genre film, like a war movie or a science-fiction movie. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2024 There’s an aftertaste of mischief and eroticism to this scene that’s largely absent in woman-vs.-man superhero fights today, which tend to lean far away from the direction of subsequent Batman Return interactions (who could forget the lick?) and into more sterile territory. Vikram Murthi, Vulture, 4 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for eroticism 

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of eroticism was in 1881

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“Eroticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eroticism. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

eroticism

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