Definition of eroticism in US English:

eroticism

noun

  • 1The quality or character of being erotic.

    ‘a disturbing blend of violence and eroticism’
    • ‘Contemporary art and architecture are again recognizing the sensuality and eroticism of matter.’
    • ‘She is strong and beautiful, but her eroticism is restrained, her nipples toned down, their paleness an attenuated sign of disease.’
    • ‘His works of art were a scandal in his time because of the display of nudity and the subtle sexuality and eroticism.’
    • ‘But her narrative gains from the tangible physicality of theatre and gleefully combines eroticism and wit.’
    • ‘But when eroticism goes public, something else happens.’
    • ‘The subtle, almost sublimated eroticism only amplifies the sexuality present in the works.’
    • ‘Another typical representation of the mortal dangers inherent in the new mobility machines was eroticism: death was a lover, desired and eagerly anticipated.’
    • ‘People who are initially excited about the eroticism will soon become tired of all this repetitive sensationalism.’
    • ‘And in the body, that repository of desire, diasporic exile is used to unleash eroticism's transformative possibilities.’
    • ‘In the new morality, the eroticism of Chinese lyrics was unabashed, polymorphous, and just plain sexy.’
    • ‘In the sensual dance sequence we again witness safe eroticism at work.’
    • ‘It is refreshingly unabashed in its sexuality and eroticism.’
    • ‘What has remained a constant through all of his work, however, is its sensuality and eroticism.’
    • ‘It's so easy to mock eroticism that you just have to hope people aren't going to pick on you.’
    • ‘In cyberspace, women's sexuality is portrayed as a weapon; her eroticism spells doom.’
    • ‘There is subtle and pervasive eroticism in the film, but it is not particularly sensual or warming.’
    • ‘However, there's another issue when you raise the question of eroticism, auto-eroticism or sexualization.’
    • ‘Be it in a combination with sea and sand landscapes or spring flowers and violin, the female body emits tenderness, eroticism, warmth and sensuality.’
    • ‘Anyone who looks at Whitney's emblems is fascinated by their monumental dimension, but he/she is also allured by their eroticism and their violence.’
    • ‘The vision excited my curiosity not by its eroticism but as a first glimpse of the ways women themselves perceive their bodies.’
    sexual attractiveness, sexual attraction, attractiveness, beauty, handsomeness, good looks
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    1. 1.1 Sexual desire or excitement.
      • ‘The confusion with pornography arises because Greenblatt equates eroticism with spirituality, and compels us to witness sexual intimacies to which we are not normally privy.’
      • ‘In an ideal world, both women and men would be able to communicate what they want sexually, and this means both their desires and eroticism.’
      • ‘Sensuality, eroticism, sexuality - these are different things.’
      • ‘Her subjects include human sexual relationships, power, eroticism, and sadomasochism.’
      • ‘Like so many couples, the two are at that moving-to-the-country age when comfort edges out ambition and eating well replaces eroticism.’
      • ‘This film portrays the passion of gay love, and gay eroticism, with its attendant conflicts and ambivalence, as a drama with its own kind of power and significance.’
      • ‘Sexuality, eroticism and desire are important for all of us.’
      • ‘Their installation was a cohesive, multipart work about desire, eroticism and Christ.’
      • ‘However hard a couple may try to import eroticism into the marriage, particularly in these days of sexual liberation, there is very little which can be done by two consenting adults which has the frisson of the forbidden.’
      • ‘More like magic than sex, we were drawn by something deeper than lust, more profound than eroticism, more mystical than romance.’
      • ‘The brittle sexuality of the earlier works is absent, but visual temptation and overt eroticism remain in the riot of vibrant colors, visceral strokes and pulsing space.’
      • ‘This distinction is not the same among women, for whom eroticism and reproductive sexuality are very often bound together.’
      • ‘Sexuality, eroticism, and lust are important themes in Vizenor's texts.’
      • ‘Moreover, Carly masters the discourses of eroticism and porn theory as overlapping knowledge regimes of sexual representation.’
      • ‘‘Offbeat films and unconventional themes may need to depict violence and eroticism, which the censors do not allow,’ he observes.’
      • ‘Through her body she illustrates her main preoccupations: sexuality, eroticism, death, and childbirth.’
      • ‘The film is a stunning display of physical grace and eroticism, and deals with sex, male identity and the yearning to be loved.’
      • ‘Contact with women is riddled with sexual tension and laced with eroticism and sometimes even latent misogyny, though this is a gray area.’
      • ‘There are frequent attempts to equate pornography and eroticism, two diametrically opposed uses of the sexual.’
      • ‘He distinguished rigorously between sexuality and eroticism, where the first was all practice and the second all dream.’
      sensuality, sexiness, seductiveness, desirability
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Pronunciation

eroticism

/əˈrädəˌsizəm//əˈrɑdəˌsɪzəm/