Definition of erethism in English:

erethism

Line breaks: ereth|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈɛrɪθɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Excessive sensitivity or rapid reaction to stimulation of a part of the body, especially the sexual organs.
More example sentences
  • 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.
2A state of abnormal mental excitement or irritation.
More example sentences
  • But these are not worthy concerns, they are mere symptoms of a moral erethism (mental over-excitement).
  • What are we to understand by this erethism of the brain?

Origin

early 19th century: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos, from erethizein 'irritate'.

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