Definition of erotic in English:



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

    • ‘Never will I forget the erotic thrill of that non-existent, yet tender exchange of tongues.’
    • ‘Most noticeably, a pair of frankly erotic paintings of recumbent female nudes crown the centre of the rooms.’
    • ‘The thing is people who read this stuff probably think it is highly erotic, and they are just so naughty for reading it.’
    • ‘She begins by attempting to distinguish between the erotic and the pornographic.’
    • ‘While the racy title and erotic cover art might suggest a light read, nothing could be further from the truth.’
    • ‘To pluck food from a nude woman at a party is certainly sensual and quite likely erotic, but sexual?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘When I use him in my belly-dancing act, it works well, as it's an erotic, sensual dance.’
    • ‘Art has had little difficulty connecting erotic desire with the yearning for death and annihilation.’
    • ‘It is a sensual, erotic experience, the light on the white fabric changing as the day progresses.’
    • ‘Are you ready to take a look at the effects of the sexual revolution on erotic cinema?’
    • ‘There are more magazines, more books written about horror than about erotic films.’
    • ‘It's not erotic, it's not titillating at all, and it's not particularly voyeuristic.’
    • ‘But to see these images as either overtly sexual or even primarily erotic would be a big mistake.’
    • ‘The power of many erotic fantasies relies more on concealment than full disclosure.’
    • ‘Of course we have no way, not yet, of knowing the secrets of her erotic fantasies.’
    • ‘Here you will find a room of elegantly erotic mosaics, and sentimentally carnal ceramics.’
    • ‘The piece is undoubtedly erotic, evoking the sexuality of both male and female bodies.’
    sexually arousing, sexually exciting, sexually stimulating
    titillating, salacious, prurient, lubricious, suggestive
    pornographic, sexually explicit, lewd, smutty, hard-core, soft-core, dirty, off colour, indecent, Improper, filthy, vulgar, crude
    libidinous, lustful, lascivious, lecherous, licentious
    sexual, sexy, sensual, carnal, venereal, amatory
    seductive, alluring, tantalizing, desirable, aphrodisiac
    racy, risqué, ribald, naughty, bawdy, earthy, spicy, rabelaisian
    erogenous, erotogenic
    blue, x-rated, steamy, raunchy, randy, horny
    venereous, anacreontic
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Mid 17th century: from French érotique, from Greek erōtikos, from erōs, erōt- sexual love.