American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make erotic.
- v. transitive To make erotic.
- v. give erotic character to or make more interesting
“The automotive conquest of a continent, with all the empowering industrialization and economic prowess needed to eroticize and politicize the automobile and the road, remains the greatest collaboration between the poet-artist and the engineer.”
“If a young girl is deprived of an accepting and loving father, she may become uncomfortable with intimacy, needy and afraid to lose any love she finds, go to the extreme and eroticize her terror of loss.”
“They eroticize their dependent longings, and these needs become valued above all others.”
“They piggyback America's innate patriotism and eroticize war.”
“We could eroticize public life rather than make it appear too chaste.”
“Wes Craven, who directed this in 1972, does not make the abduction at all sexy many films seem to eroticize violence these days, especially towards women, but very uncomfortable.”
“On the other hand, the tendency of the media to eroticize, trivialize and sensationalize (for example: excessive detailing of the acts of sex and violence, exaggerated use of color headlines and emotional rhetoric, invasive pictures and the like) depicts the phenomenon as a private battle of passive, unfortunate women, instead of as a structural social problem of power relationships and inequality.”
“The intent to eroticize - and not educate - is supported by comments made by those who originally organized the event.”
“Conference speakers wrestled with that toughie, with mixed results, until Guy Mark Foster, an assistant professor of African American studies at Bowdoin College who studies biracial romances, took the point: "What we need to eroticize is the pursuit of equality.”
“Instead of eroticizing inequality, as Nehring suggests, there is no reason we can't eroticize equality.”
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