One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or tending to arouse sexual desire or excitement.
sexually arousing, sexually exciting, sexually stimulatingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘To pluck food from a nude woman at a party is certainly sensual and quite likely erotic, but sexual?’
- ‘Men who fought wars and wrestled with grizzlies also displayed erotic and romantic affection for other men.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Not because it's particularly erotic, more out of curiosity: who are these men?’
- ‘Are you ready to take a look at the effects of the sexual revolution on erotic cinema?’
- ‘She begins by attempting to distinguish between the erotic and the pornographic.’
- ‘The piece is undoubtedly erotic, evoking the sexuality of both male and female bodies.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's not erotic, it's not titillating at all, and it's not particularly voyeuristic.’
- ‘It is a sensual, erotic experience, the light on the white fabric changing as the day progresses.’
- ‘Never will I forget the erotic thrill of that non-existent, yet tender exchange of tongues.’
- ‘While the racy title and erotic cover art might suggest a light read, nothing could be further from the truth.’
- ‘There are more magazines, more books written about horror than about erotic films.’
- ‘The thing is people who read this stuff probably think it is highly erotic, and they are just so naughty for reading it.’
Mid 17th century: from French érotique, from Greek erōtikos, from erōs, erōt- ‘sexual love’.
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