Definition of erotic in English:



  • Relating to or tending to arouse sexual desire or excitement.

    ‘her book of erotic fantasies’
    • ‘It's not erotic, it's not titillating at all, and it's not particularly voyeuristic.’
    • ‘She begins by attempting to distinguish between the erotic and the pornographic.’
    • ‘Are you ready to take a look at the effects of the sexual revolution on erotic cinema?’
    • ‘Here you will find a room of elegantly erotic mosaics, and sentimentally carnal ceramics.’
    • ‘The power of many erotic fantasies relies more on concealment than full disclosure.’
    • ‘They conceal erotic secrets and erotic treasures for which men have killed and been killed.’
    • ‘Men who fought wars and wrestled with grizzlies also displayed erotic and romantic affection for other men.’
    • ‘Not because it's particularly erotic, more out of curiosity: who are these men?’
    • ‘Of course we have no way, not yet, of knowing the secrets of her erotic fantasies.’
    • ‘While the racy title and erotic cover art might suggest a light read, nothing could be further from the truth.’
    • ‘Most noticeably, a pair of frankly erotic paintings of recumbent female nudes crown the centre of the rooms.’
    • ‘But to see these images as either overtly sexual or even primarily erotic would be a big mistake.’
    • ‘Never will I forget the erotic thrill of that non-existent, yet tender exchange of tongues.’
    • ‘There are more magazines, more books written about horror than about erotic films.’
    • ‘It is a sensual, erotic experience, the light on the white fabric changing as the day progresses.’
    • ‘Art has had little difficulty connecting erotic desire with the yearning for death and annihilation.’
    • ‘When I use him in my belly-dancing act, it works well, as it's an erotic, sensual dance.’
    • ‘To pluck food from a nude woman at a party is certainly sensual and quite likely erotic, but sexual?’
    • ‘The piece is undoubtedly erotic, evoking the sexuality of both male and female bodies.’
    • ‘The thing is people who read this stuff probably think it is highly erotic, and they are just so naughty for reading it.’
    sexually arousing, sexually exciting, sexually stimulating
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Mid 17th century: from French érotique, from Greek erōtikos, from erōs, erōt- ‘sexual love’.