One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or induced by sexual love or desire.‘his amatory exploits’
sexual, erotic, amorous, romantic, sensual, libidinous, passionate, ardent, hot-blooded, sexyView synonyms
- ‘He had adventures - many amatory - in England and on the Continent.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even the delicate amatory trophy of Cupid's bow and arrow has moved away from chinoiserie and rococo sources.’
- ‘The spectacle of poetry used as an amatory tool is one of those historical legacies much in evidence when poetry goes public.’
- ‘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?’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But collectively they present a hazy picture of a luckless dreamer with unfortunate amatory judgment.’
- ‘It is precisely because the characters' amatory trials are so real that we are moved by their final Mozartian resolution.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He may have painted Madonnas beautifully but his first biographer Vasari suggested his death was not due to fever but to amatory excess.’
- ‘They might have added that he had the amatory skills of Casanova.’
- ‘As we have seen, Surrey, Cheke, and other poets reconstruct the efficacy of ritual practice and Catholic theology in amatory devotion.’
Late 16th century: from Latin amatorius, from amator (see amateur).
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