ho·​mo·​erot·​ic | \ ˌhō-mō-i-ˈrä-tik How to pronounce homoerotic (audio) \

Definition of homoerotic

: homosexual specifically : marked by, revealing, or portraying homosexual desire homoerotic photographs

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homoeroticism \ ˌhō-​mō-​i-​ˈrä-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce homoeroticism (audio) \ noun

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Caravaggio was gay, and homoerotic art was often part of the Old Master vocabulary. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Time for a Riot: Camp Fashion at the Met, and a Real Riot at the Stonewall," 31 Aug. 2019 And the homoerotic tension between Coriolanus and Aufidius, his canny nemesis, has a warping heat that charges and confuses both men. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: An Electrifying ‘Coriolanus,’ Addicted to War," 5 Aug. 2019 There’s a homoerotic subtext to Commander Winslow's behavior toward Fred, which is fascinating to watch, because for the first time, Fred is in the position of being made to feel pursued and uncomfortable. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joseph Fiennes Is as Thrilled as You About Fred Waterford's Handmaid's Tale Downfall," 13 Aug. 2019 Censors muted a homoerotic lyric from David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in '79. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Coming Out In 2019: The Balancing Act Between Opportunity and Authenticity," 8 Aug. 2019 Mapplethorpe put a pulpy homoerotic stamp on the formal beauty of the male nude. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Sweetness, ferocity, and sparkle in portrait photos since Stonewall," 18 July 2019 Netflix’s biggest and most troubling edit to the show, for which the platform created a new English-language translation and voice track, dials back its famous homoerotic subtext. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s re-translation of Neon Genesis Evangelion is drawing backlash for queer erasure," 24 June 2019 Its male protagonist, Mac, danced in diaphanous, see-through worker’s coveralls designed by Paul Cadmus, who had scandalized critics with overtly homoerotic work in the past. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "LGBT artists sent messages from the closet to survive before Stonewall. Now, homophobes are coopting the technique.," 20 June 2019 The Zwirner show includes homoerotic photographs that were discovered among the personal effects of the novelist Glenway Wescott. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "Yearning for the Absolute," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of homoerotic

1916, in the meaning defined above

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ho·​mo·​erot·​ic | \ ˌhō-mō-i-ˈrät-ik How to pronounce homoerotic (audio) \

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homoeroticism \ -​i-​ˈrät-​ə-​ˌsiz-​əm How to pronounce homoeroticism (audio) \ also homoerotism \ -​ˈer-​ə-​ˌtiz-​əm How to pronounce homoerotism (audio) \ noun

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