eroticism
noun Date: 1881 1. an erotic theme or quality 2. a state of sexual arousal 3. insistent sexual impulse or desire • eroticist noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • eroticism — [er′ə tiz΄əmē rät′ə siz΄əm, irät′ə siz m] n. 1. erotic quality or character 2. a) sexual instincts or desire b) sexual excitement or behavior 3. preoccupation with sex: Also, and for EROTICISM 2: now usually, erotism [er′ə tiz΄əm] …   English World dictionary

  • Eroticism — E*rot i*cism, n. Erotic quality. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eroticism — 1881, from EROTIC (Cf. erotic) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • eroticism — [n] sexual excitement arousal, libido, lust, stimulation, titillation; concepts 20,709 …   New thesaurus

  • eroticism — ► NOUN 1) the quality or character or being erotic. 2) sexual desire or excitement …   English terms dictionary

  • eroticism — erot·i·cism i rät ə .siz əm n 1) the arousal of or the attempt to arouse sexual feeling by means of suggestion, symbolism, or allusion (as in an art form) 2) a state of sexual arousal or anticipation (as from stimulation of erogenous zones) 3)… …   Medical dictionary

  • eroticism — [[t]ɪrɒ̱tɪsɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Eroticism is sexual excitement, or the quality of being able to arouse sexual excitement. [FORMAL] Almost all of Massenet s works are pervaded with an aura of eroticism …   English dictionary

  • eroticism — n. 1) those elements in thought, imagination, pictorial imagery, literature, or the arts that tend to arouse sexual excitement or desire. 2) sexual interest or excitement prompted by contemplation or stimulation of areas of the body not normally… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • eroticism — e|rot|i|cis|m [ıˈrɔtısızəm US ıˈra: ] n [U] a style or quality that expresses strong feelings of sexual love and desire, especially in works of art ▪ the eroticism of his early love poems …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • eroticism — noun (U) a style or quality that expresses strong feelings of sexual love and desire, especially in works of art: the eroticism of Donne s early love poems …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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