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

Definition of homoerotic

: of, relating to, or involving sexual activity between people of the same sex specifically : marked by, revealing, or portraying sexual desire between people of the same sex homoerotic photographs

Other Words from homoerotic

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

Examples of homoerotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As is often the case, there’s a menacing homoerotic subtext to how Tom talks to and threatens Greg, here telling him the story of Emperor Nero and Sporus, the boy whom Nero had castrated and dressed up as his late wife. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2021 Diamonds Are Forever had its own messy portrayal of seemingly gay villains and Daniel Craig got plenty homoerotic with Mads Mikkelsen and Javier Bardem in his other movies. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 12 Oct. 2021 As a student at Oxford, Wilde was attracted by the idealized homoerotic images of Greek culture, which led him to an increasingly unashamed presentation of himself as a man who adored (and was often adored by) younger men. Scott Bradfield, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The story’s interlocutors feverishly adopt a theory of the homoerotic origins of Shakespeare’s sonnets, then suddenly reject it. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 In his memoir, Blow describes himself as bisexual and writes frankly about having homoerotic fantasies, which are dramatized in the opera through a dance sequence choreographed by Brown. NBC News, 23 Sep. 2021 Longtime James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli said the scene was viewed as too homoerotic for studio executives, in a free Apple TV+ special available ahead of the release of No Time to Die on Oct. 8. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Homophobia has long been a part of hip-hop lyricism and posturing—and over the past few months, Lil Nas X’s recent homoerotic music videos have been met with clear discomfort by several rappers. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 4 Aug. 2021 Well into adulthood, the cousins’ physical closeness can be uncomfortably intense; their full-body embraces tread the line between sisterly and homoerotic. Judy Berman, Time, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of homoerotic

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homoerotic was in 1915

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21 Nov 2021

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“Homoerotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homoerotic. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of homoerotic

: of, relating to, or involving sexual activity between people of the same sex

Other Words from homoerotic

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


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