aromantic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

a- +‎ romantic

Adjective[edit]

aromantic (comparative more aromantic, superlative most aromantic)

  1. Not given to experiencing romantic attraction to others.
    • 2011, Soojin Chang, "Sex is the biggest nothing", The Daily Californian, 28 November 2011:
      Although there are aromantic asexuals who do not experience the instinctual emotional need to be in a romantic relationship, many asexuals seek monogamous partners and value intimate connections just like sexual people.
    • 2012, Anthony F. Bogaert, Understanding Asexuality, Rowman & Littlefield (2012), ISBN 9781442200999, unnumbered page:
      However, if she [Emily Brontë] was asexual, she likely was not aromantic (see chapter 2 for distinction between sex and romance), or at least she had a high-level understanding of romance, as she wrote one of the most intensely romantic novels of her time, Wuthering Heights.
    • 2012, Anonymous, "Pandora's box: The stigmas surrounding aromanticism", The Scripps Voice (Scripps College), Volume 16, Issue 4, 1 November 2012, page 5:
      No, just because I’m aromantic does not automatically mean I am also asexual (I happen to really like sex).
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

aromantic (plural aromantics)

  1. One who does not experience romantic attraction to others.
    • 1986, Wanda Urbanska, The Singular Generation, Doubleday & Company (1986), ISBN 9780385192644, page 86:
      Ours is a generation of aromantics, jaded about matters of the heart — often before gaining firsthand experience.
    • 2012, Marina Hale, "The Drop-Down Menu Identity Crisis", Glass Buffalo (University of Alberta), Spring 2012, page 51:
      Anna is an asexual, aromantic. Before discovering those terms, she assumed herself to merely be unusually disinterested in sex or relationships.
    • 2012, Olivia Gordon, "'The moment I realised I was asexual'", The Telegraph, 12 November 2012:
      'I let it slip one time at work that I’m an asexual aromantic [an asexual who is also not interested in making romantic attachments], and they think it’s absolutely hysterical,’ says Jean Wilson, a sales assistant and 63-year-old grandmother from Banbury. 'One of the women I work with said, “I don’t think you’ve met the right man yet.” I said: “Trish, I’m 63. If I haven’t met him by now I don’t think I’m going to.”’