One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sexual desire or excitement; eroticism.
- ‘As such they can be seen as the church reclaiming the broader social memory of dance's image from the amnesia of an exclusive association with courtship erotism or parades of arms.’
- ‘We establish a space ‘between the oral erotism and the true object-relationship’.’
- ‘Let's take a look at a collection of pictures that shows how marketers use sex and erotism in advertising.’
- ‘Anal-erotism and urethral erotism both belong undoubtedly to the same period of development.’
- ‘That might be one of the differences between erotism and pornography, erotism shows the minimum for stimulation of imagination, while pornography shows everything, in excess.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek erōs, erōt- ‘sexual love’ + -ism.
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