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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
1880-1885
1880-85; erotic + -ism
Related forms
eroticist, noun
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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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