erot·​i·​cize | \ i-ˈrä-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce eroticize (audio) \
eroticized; eroticizing

Definition of eroticize

transitive verb

: to make erotic eroticize the male image

Other Words from eroticize

eroticization \ i-​ˌrä-​tə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce eroticize (audio) \ noun

Examples of eroticize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nobody did more to eroticize aviator shades and sideburns than Nez. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 10 Dec. 2021 And in this drama of opposing forces, through this brutal dialectic, aspects of each woman’s anatomy are grotesquely eroticized by her adversary: buttocks for the black woman, breasts for her white counterpart. Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, 11 Feb. 2020 They’ve been eroticized by Botticelli and vilified by Dickens and Shakespeare since long before Jean Harlow played a home-wrecking seductress in the 1932 film Red Headed Woman. Lena Dunham, Vogue, 18 Aug. 2017 Of course, politically incorrect racial fantasia aren’t the only eroticized taboo. Maureen O’connor, The Cut, 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of eroticize

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eroticize was circa 1914

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More Definitions for eroticize


transitive verb
variants: or British eroticise \ -​ˌsīz How to pronounce eroticize (audio) \
eroticized or British eroticised; eroticizing or British eroticising

Medical Definition of eroticize

: to make erotic

Other Words from eroticize

eroticization or British eroticisation \ i-​ˌrät-​ə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce eroticize (audio) \ noun


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