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erotic

[ih-rot-ik] /ɪˈrɒt ɪk/
adjective, Also, erotical
1.
arousing or satisfying sexual desire:
an erotic dance.
2.
of, pertaining to, or treating of sexual love; amatory:
an erotic novel.
3.
subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.
noun
4.
an erotic poem.
5.
an erotic person.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Greek erōtikós of love, caused by love, given to love, equivalent to erōt- (stem of érōs) Eros + -ikos -ic
Related forms
erotically, adverb
antierotic, adjective
nonerotic, adjective
nonerotically, adverb
pseudoerotic, adjective
pseudoerotically, adverb
quasi-erotic, adjective
quasi-erotically, adverb
unerotic, adjective
Can be confused
erotic, erratic, exotic.
Synonyms
1. sensuous, sexy, aphrodisiac, erogenous.
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British Dictionary definitions for erotic

erotic

/ɪˈrɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
of, concerning, or arousing sexual desire or giving sexual pleasure
2.
marked by strong sexual desire or being especially sensitive to sexual stimulation
noun
3.
a person who has strong sexual desires or is especially responsive to sexual stimulation
Derived Forms
erotically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek erōtikos of love, from erōs love
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Word Origin and History for erotic
adj.

1620s (implied in erotical), from French érotique (16c.), from Greek erotikos "caused by passionate love, referring to love," from eros (genitive erotos) "sexual love" (see Eros).

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erotic in Medicine

erotic e·rot·ic (ĭ-rŏt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or concerning sexual love and desire.

  2. Tending to arouse sexual desire.

  3. Dominated by sexual love or desire.

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