Definition of amatory in English:



  • Relating to or induced by sexual love or desire:

    ‘his amatory exploits’
    • ‘They might have added that he had the amatory skills of Casanova.’
    • ‘But collectively they present a hazy picture of a luckless dreamer with unfortunate amatory judgment.’
    • ‘He had adventures - many amatory - in England and on the Continent.’
    • ‘While his own amatory flames are being fanned, he looks back at others who have gone before him, particularly to the period before the second world war.’
    • ‘It is precisely because the characters' amatory trials are so real that we are moved by their final Mozartian resolution.’
    • ‘As a personal poet, he attacked enemies by name and described without inhibition his own amatory exploits.’
    • ‘By the same token, Bo Diddley taught the incorrect but unforgettable version of the amatory question: ‘Who Do You Love?’’
    • ‘Even the delicate amatory trophy of Cupid's bow and arrow has moved away from chinoiserie and rococo sources.’
    • ‘He may have painted Madonnas beautifully but his first biographer Vasari suggested his death was not due to fever but to amatory excess.’
    • ‘As we have seen, Surrey, Cheke, and other poets reconstruct the efficacy of ritual practice and Catholic theology in amatory devotion.’
    • ‘In a number of places in his work, Andrews suggests that the erotic / amatory impulse has become overwhelmed by consumerist images and the desires they invoke and create.’
    • ‘With the reference to raptures, Herrick returns to the amatory imagery that links profane, sacred, and poetic themes.’
    • ‘In short, Amiana proposes that writers of amatory fiction write something other than amatory fiction.’
    • ‘Andrew Marvell takes this amatory literary tradition and transforms it so that it can be used to make intelligible the dynamics of a political and religious struggle.’
    • ‘The spectacle of poetry used as an amatory tool is one of those historical legacies much in evidence when poetry goes public.’
    sexual, erotic, amorous, romantic, sensual, libidinous, passionate, ardent, hot-blooded, sexy
    randy, steamy, naughty
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Late 16th century: from Latin amatorius, from amator (see amateur).