Eros

Eros

[eer-os, er-os]
noun, plural Erotes [uh-roh-teez] , for 2, 3.
1.
the ancient Greek god of love, identified by the Romans with Cupid.
2.
a representation of this god.
3.
a winged figure of a child representing love or the power of love.
4.
(sometimes lowercase) physical love; sexual desire. Compare agape2 ( def 2 ).
5.
Astronomy. an asteroid that approaches to within 14 million miles (22.5 million km) of the earth once every 44 years.
6.
Psychiatry.
a.
the libido.
b.
instincts for self-preservation collectively.
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Eros (ˈɪərɒs, ˈɛrɒs)
 
n
1.  Greek myth Roman counterpart: Cupid the god of love, son of Aphrodite
2.  Compare Thanatos Also called: life instinct (in Freudian theory) the group of instincts, esp sexual, that govern acts of self-preservation and that tend towards uninhibited enjoyment of life
 
[Greek: desire, sexual love]

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Eros
god of love, late 14c., from Gk., lit. "love," related to eran "to love," erasthai "to love, desire," of unknown origin. Freudian sense of "urge to self-preservation and sexual pleasure" is from 1922. Ancient Gk. distinguished four different kinds of love: eros "sexual love;" phileo "have affection for;"
agapao "have regard for, be contented with;" and stergo, used especially of the love of parents and children or a ruler and his subjects.
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Eros E·ros or e·ros (ěr'ŏs, ēr'-)
n.

  1. In psychoanalytic theory, the sum of all instincts for self-preservation.

  2. Sexual drive; libido.

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Eros [(air-os, eer-os)]

[Roman name Cupid]

A Greek and Roman god of love, often called the son of Aphrodite. He is better known by his Roman name.

Note: The word erotic comes from the Greek word eros, which is the term for sexual love itself, as well as the god's name.
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EROS
Earth Resources Observing Satellite
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