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From neuter plural of Latin eroticus (“amatory”), from Ancient Greek ἐρωτικός (erōtikós). By surface analysis, erotic + -ica.
- Erotic literature, art, decoration or other such work.
- There's a fine line between erotica and pornography.
- 2011, Patrick Spedding; James Lambert, “Fanny Hill, Lord Fanny, and the Myth of Metonymy”, in Studies in Philology, volume 108, number 1, page 114:
- In fact, eighteenth-century British erotica has been the subject of unremitting attention for the last two decades.
This word sometimes encompasses only material that is not pornographic and has or is purported to have artistic or social value, but also can include pornography, depending on the context and speaker.
erotic literature or art
erotica (plural only)
Probably a learned borrowing from Latin erōtica, but possibly borrowed from another language. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
erotica f (uncountable)
In Dutch erotica is more commonly used as a plural (see below) than as a singular noun.
- Plural form of eroticum
- inflection of erōticus:
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- definite feminine singular nominative/accusative of erotic (“erotic”)
- definite singular nominative/accusative of erotică (“erotica”)
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