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amorous

[am-er-uh s] /ˈæm ər əs/
adjective
1.
inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love:
an amorous disposition.
2.
showing or expressing love:
an amorous letter.
3.
of or relating to love:
amorous poetry.
4.
being in love; enamored:
She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.
Origin of amorous
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin amōrōsus, equivalent to amor love + -ōsus -ose1, -ous
Related forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, amorosity
[am-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌæm əˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonamorous, adjective
nonamorously, adverb
nonamorousness, noun
unamorous, adjective
unamorously, adverb
unamorousness, noun
Synonyms
1. loving; amatory. 2. passionate, impassioned; fond, tender. 3. erotic.
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  • His dark-blue eyes, guiltless of amorous droop, wide and bright, had in them a strained intensity of regard that was painful.

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris
  • These selfish, amorous adventures will let us in for no end of trouble.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • Amongst the rest was the illustrious peer of amorous memory.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • It is Ulysses who is "reluctant," and Calypso who is "amorous."

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • I thought I would like to speak to her, not for any amorous reasons, but because I felt curious to hear her adventures.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • By the emotion of "love" I do not mean the amorous phenomenon which we call "being in love."

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for amorous

amorous

/ˈæmərəs/
adjective
1.
inclined towards or displaying love or desire
2.
in love
3.
of or relating to love
Derived Forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor love
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Word Origin and History for amorous
adj.

c.1300, from Old French amorous (Modern French amoureux), from Late Latin amorosum, from amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Related: Amorously; amorousness.

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