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

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Other Words from eroticize

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

Examples of eroticize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 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, "Lena Dunham Reveals Her Fiery Red Hair Transformation in Exclusive Polaroids," 18 Aug. 2017 Of course, politically incorrect racial fantasia aren’t the only eroticized taboo. Maureen O’connor, The Cut, "Pornhub Is the Kinsey Report of Our Time," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of eroticize

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Eroticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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transitive verb
variants: or British eroticise \ -​ˌsīz How to pronounce eroticise (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 eroticisation (audio) \ noun

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