erotic

adjective
erot·​ic | \ i-ˈrä-tik How to pronounce erotic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly erotical \ i-​ˈrä-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce erotical (audio) \

Definition of erotic

1 : of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire erotic art
2 : strongly marked or affected by sexual desire

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Other Words from erotic

erotic noun
erotically \ i-​ˈrä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce erotically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of erotic in a Sentence

the erotic aspects of the story of Beauty and the Beast

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The line the Mulleavys continue to walk in all of their work—fashion, cinema, performance—between hard and soft, tacky and transcendent, erotic and innocent, horror films and heavenly visions, is compelling, challenging, and crazy fun to behold. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Even so, Minkel doesn’t think everyone is going to hate the purge of erotic material. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 LiveJournal users in the community would create fanworks — some erotic, some not — in writing and with images. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 Romantic, erotic, philosophical and complex, the movie only illuminates the beauty of Kundera's brilliant prose through the equally brilliant acting of its talented cast. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010 The erotic adventure of the young men is art-directed to be poetic (secret foot massages!) rather than convincingly candid. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Why 'Three Billboards' and 'Call Me by Your Name' leave this theater critic cold," 1 Mar. 2018 In a brief filed ahead of oral arguments, the state argued that the law does not ban 18- to 20-year-old women from erotic dancing, which is protected under the First Amendment. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Is Louisiana's stripper age limit too broad? 5th Circuit considers ban," 7 Feb. 2018 For decades, the phrase referred to a softer, and presumably more female-friendly genre of erotic content, one with good lighting, minimal close-ups of penetration, lots of cunnilingus, and, of course, an actual plot. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "What if porn, but for women," 18 Sep. 2018 Mascara names especially wouldn't sound out of place in an erotic novel. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Wore Sex-Themed Makeup for a Week and Felt Comically Thirsty," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of erotic

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for erotic

Greek erōtikos, from erōt-, erōs

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erotic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of erotic

: relating to sex : causing sexual feelings

erotic

adjective
erot·​ic | \ i-ˈrät-ik How to pronounce erotic (audio) \
variants: also erotical \ i-​ˈrät-​i-​kəl How to pronounce erotical (audio) \

Medical Definition of erotic

1 : of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire
2 : strongly marked or affected by sexual desire

Other Words from erotic

erotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce erotically (audio) \ adverb

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