1Excessive sensitivity or rapid reaction to stimulation of a part of the body, especially the sexual organs.
- The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism.
- Erethism traditionally is seen in the chronic phase of the toxicity.
- The state we were in was a kind of mental eroticism, an erethism of the mind, akin to that inwardly directed state of arousal achieved by adepts of Tantric yoga.
Early 19th century: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos, from erethizein 'irritate'.
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