Definition of amatory in English:

amatory

adjective

  • Relating to or induced by sexual love or desire.

    ‘his amatory exploits’
    • ‘In short, Amiana proposes that writers of amatory fiction write something other than amatory fiction.’
    • ‘He may have painted Madonnas beautifully but his first biographer Vasari suggested his death was not due to fever but to amatory excess.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the reference to raptures, Herrick returns to the amatory imagery that links profane, sacred, and poetic themes.’
    • ‘It is precisely because the characters' amatory trials are so real that we are moved by their final Mozartian resolution.’
    • ‘They might have added that he had the amatory skills of Casanova.’
    • ‘As a personal poet, he attacked enemies by name and described without inhibition his own amatory exploits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the same token, Bo Diddley taught the incorrect but unforgettable version of the amatory question: ‘Who Do You Love?’’
    • ‘As we have seen, Surrey, Cheke, and other poets reconstruct the efficacy of ritual practice and Catholic theology in amatory devotion.’
    • ‘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 had adventures - many amatory - in England and on the Continent.’
    • ‘The spectacle of poetry used as an amatory tool is one of those historical legacies much in evidence when poetry goes public.’
    • ‘Even the delicate amatory trophy of Cupid's bow and arrow has moved away from chinoiserie and rococo sources.’
    sexual, erotic, amorous, romantic, sensual, libidinous, passionate, ardent, hot-blooded, sexy
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin amatorius, from amator (see amateur).

Pronunciation

amatory

/ˈamət(ə)ri/