Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or expressive of love, especially sexual love: an amatory mood; an amatory embrace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to love, especially sexual love.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, producing, or expressing, sexual love.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, producing, or supposed to produce love; expressive of love; amatorial: as, amatory poems.
  • Synonyms See amorous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance

Etymologies

Latin amātōrius, from amātor, lover; see amateur.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amatorius ("pertaining to love or a lover"), from amator ("a lover"), from amare ("to love"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her subject was usually 'amatory' fiction, narratives of desire focussing on highly charged sexual episodes, concerned with love and seduction in all their guises.

    Eliza Haywood (c.1693-1756)

  • He is much more in his element when he proves that a lover is to his mistress, when she is about to go to a ball, only a "decimal of a lover," a kind of amatory tailor or ninth part of man; or when, in the

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • Google Translate comes up with this version of a Spanish-language article in Petroleum World: “After his second divorce, amatory life of Hugo Chávez has shielded beneath the mysterious mantle of power.”

    VDARE.com: Blog Articles » Print » The Love Life Of Hugo Chavez

  • How amatory God contingency be to have bestowed this ray of light in to his miserable life.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Almonds in particular have been touted for their amatory properties, being, as they are, fragrant and shaped like a woman's hips.

    Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: Carrots And Sex

  • One might see this as someprofound metaphor for the human condition, or at least its amatory component.

    Tête à Tête festival

  •            Fifi returns with Fritz's snack, allowing him to camouflage his excitement as amatory.

    The World Series of Canine Poker

  • But my lack of post-adolescent amatory success has never stood in the way of my fantasy life, so I picked a table halfway across the room with an unobstructed view of the woman, took my seat, and unwrapped my sandwich, looking forward to a little mentalliaison, when from the other direction came — four female security guards.

    Fear of Female Security Guards

  • As a recent graduate of the Richard M. Nixon School of Charm I was confident of abilities to do so, yet sadly, both amatory and monetary ambitions went unrealized.

    Daniel Krotz: The Uses of Poetry

  • Brown is usually seen as a rather one-dimensional "friend of Keats," robust and masculine, practical and business-like, with a proclivity for "good living and amatory indiscretion."

    New Letters from Charles Brown to Joseph Severn

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