erotism vs. eroticism

through the mirror

New Member
Spanish, Spain
Hello everyone,
Do you think there is any difference between the terms eroticism and erotism? We are writing a paper on Erotism in Lit. and would like to use the proper word. Thanks!
  • nzfauna

    Senior Member
    New Zealand, English
    Personally, I have never heard of erotism.

    However, I found the following on

    noun1. a state of anticipation of sexuality [syn: eroticism] 2. the arousal of feelings of sexual desire [syn: amorousness]
    WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.


    Senior Member
    English-Ireland (top end)
    The main difference seems to be that erotism is rarely used, and as evidenced by NZF and me, many people have never heard of it.

    Reading the OED definitions carefully, erotism is either the actual state of sexual excitement or a synonym for eroticism. It is rare.
    Eroticism is the term usually used to refer to the use of sexually arousing imagery in literature or art.


    Senior Member
    U.K. English
    I've never heard of erotism before either.

    I agree that eroticism is the correct word to use in your paper.