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eroticism

[ih-rot-uh-siz-uh m] /ɪˈrɒt əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
the sexual or erotic quality or character of something.
2.
the use of sexually arousing or suggestive symbolism, settings, allusions, situations, etc., in art, literature, drama, or the like.
3.
the condition of being sexually aroused or excited.
4.
sexual drive or tendency.
5.
an abnormally persistent sexual drive.
Also, erotism
[er-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˈɛr əˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of eroticism
1880-1885
1880-85; erotic + -ism
Related forms
eroticist, noun
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Examples from the Web for eroticism
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  • Vien it was who, suppressing the eroticism of Boucher, instigated the so-called classic revival founded on Græco-Roman ideals.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • eroticism is no more a vice than sexual anæsthesia is a virtue.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Very probably the stigmatising of all eroticism during that long spell of a thousand years was necessary.

  • There are yet other evidences of degeneration; witness the eroticism that is to be found in our literature.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • The sensuous and voluptuous libertine is enchanted by the eroticism of the “Roman Elegies.”

  • He lacks passion, and he is never wanton; his eroticism is only Epicureanism.

    Anatole France Georg Morris Cohen Brandes
British Dictionary definitions for eroticism

eroticism

/ɪˈrɒtɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
erotic quality or nature
2.
the use of sexually arousing or pleasing symbolism in literature or art
3.
sexual excitement or desire
4.
a tendency to exalt sex
5.
(psychol) an overt display of sexual behaviour
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Word Origin and History for eroticism
n.

1881, from erotic + -ism.

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eroticism in Medicine

eroticism e·rot·i·cism (ĭ-rŏt'ĭ-sĭz'əm)
n.
Sexual excitement.

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